Reading Buddies

As we face a climate-altered future together, it helps to read together. Reading Buddies is a book club open to all, one title at a time. We focus on books related to climate, social, and environmental justice, meeting either in person or on Zoom. 

Photo: Author Ranae Hanson led a discussion of Watershed at the St. Anthony Park Library, summer 2022.


Current book:  Fall 2022 

From What Is to What If

Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want

by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement

Sunday, Oct. 9, 3:30–5:00 pm on Zoom (chapters 1–4)

Sunday, Nov. 13, 3:30–5:00 pm on Zoom (chapters 5–9)

A call to action to reclaim our collective imagination, told through the stories of people and communities around the world who are doing it now and witnessing rapid, dramatic change. You can preview the book online, but consider buying it from a local shop like Next Chapter. It's also found in libraries. For questions or Zoom link, email

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Past selections

Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress, winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction, explores the parallels between the health of our bodies, communities, and ecosystems. Ranae Hanson tells of her youth in the Minnesota north woods where three watersheds meet; of climate truths learned from her students in the Twin Cities, many from immigrant families; and of the lessons in her own diabetic health crisis.  About the author: Ranae Hanson is a longtime climate activist and St. Anthony Park neighbor. After 30 years at Minneapolis College, she now divides her time between Minnesota and Seattle.


The Seed Keeper, winner of a 2022 Minnesota Book Award in the novel category.  The book spans several generations of a Dakhota family. Rosalie Iron Wing returns to her childhood home in the Mankato area, rediscovering her heritage and the ancestors who have protected their families, their traditions, and a precious cache of seeds through years of hardship. About the author: Diane Wilson is the author of Spirit Car, former executive director of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, and a Mdewakanton descendent.

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All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, an anthology of essays and poems by women climate leaders: scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists and innovators across generations, geographies, and races. About the editors: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (left) is a marine biologist, policy expert, and founder of Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities. Katharine K. Wilkinson is an author (Between God and Green), strategist, and teacher.

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