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LeafyReads CBAN Book Club

The global release of genetically engineered (GE or genetically modified) trees is closer than it has ever been. Now is the time to think critically about our relationship with nature and how it may be impacted by new GE technology in the years to come.

  • What motivates us to protect nature?
  • What does it mean for forests if trees are genetically engineered? What does it mean for us?
  • Can GE trees be used for species restoration, or is this species replacement?
  • Why are some conservation approaches valued more than others?
  • What are our responsibilities to future generations?

Join CBAN for our 2024 book club to reflect on these big questions with other thoughtful tree-lovers from coast to coast to coast. Register here.


How will it work?

Together, we will read three books over the course of 2024. Each book will help us consider our relationship with nature and technology from a different angle.

In February, May, and September, we’ll gather via zoom to discuss the book club pick for that month. In October, we’ll gather one last time to discuss our final takeaways and transform our learning into collective action. Register here to make sure you receive the zoom links and session dates.

Each month, we’ll be joined by special guests to help guide our conversations and deepen our reflection as we read.

February pick: Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
May pick: The Overstory by Richard Powers
September pick: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
October pick: Final club meeting – How do we move forward?


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Register here to get information about session dates and zoom links.

Participation is free!

We don’t want the cost of books to be a barrier to participation! Thanks to a generous donation, we will have book copies available for those with low or fixed incomes. Please email Kaitlyn at to request a copy of any of the 2024 book club picks.