Winnipeg Arts Council

Launch of Fungal: Foraging in the Urban Forest

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Join Ariel Gordon as she celebrates the Winnipeg launch of Fungal: Foraging in the Urban Forest (Wolsak & Wynn). There will be a conversation hosted by Kerry Ryan, an opportunity for audience Q&A, and a book signing with the author. The event will also feature a display by Tom Nagy of River City Mushrooms.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Fungal is a wide-ranging collection from Ariel Gordon where she explores her fascination with all mushrooms, not just those you can eat. In these engaging essays she takes the reader through ditches and puddles in search of morels, through the hallways of a mushroom factory, down city sidewalks and beside riverbanks as she considers things found and fungal. Smart, funny and poetic, Gordon moves seamlessly from the natural world to the personal in these essays, examining the interconnectedness of all things and delighting in the rich variety of the world around her.

Ariel Gordon (she/her) is a Winnipeg/Treaty 1 Territory-based writer, editor, and enthusiast. In 2019, Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests, a collection of essays that combines science writing and the personal essay, was published by Hamilton’s Wolsak & Wynn. It received a honourable mention for 2020 Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize for Environmental Humanities and Creative Writing from ALECC. Gordon’s essays have recently appeared in Canadian Notes and Queries, FreeFall, Canthius, and the Winnipeg Free Press. Fungal is her sixth book.

Host Kerry Ryan is the author of three poetry collections: The Sleeping Life (The Muses’ Company), Vs. (Anvil), and Diagnosing Minor Illness in Children (Frontenac House). Her poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada. She lives and writes in Winnipeg.