Rochester Reads! 2021

With readings, events, and activities throughout the month of October, Robin Wall Kimmerer’s acclaimed Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants will take readers on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

[A full calendar of Rochester Reads activities will be posted to the Rochester Reads page at as they unfold.] 

Botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. 

In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. 

Braiding Sweetgrass is instructive poetry. Robin Wall Kimmerer has put the spiritual relationship that Chief Seattle called the ‘web of life’ into writing. Industrial societies lack the understanding of the interrelationships that bind all living things―this book fills that void.” ―Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation and Indigenous Environmental Leader

“I give daily thanks for Robin Wall Kimmerer for being a fount of endless knowledge, both mental and spiritual.” —Richard Powers

Register here: Rochester Reads! Events

  • Santee Frazier | October 7, 2021 at 7:30 pm | In conversation with Angelique Stevens — Rochester Academy of Medicine
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer | October 20, 2021 at 12 pm | Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing — at Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer | October 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm | Keynote and Book Signing — SUNY Brockport

Buy Braiding Sweetgrass for 15% off!

  • Available for curbside pickup! Order online, receive confirmation by email, and pick up your copy during curbside hours: Monday - Friday 11:30 - 1:30 pm and Monday - Wednesday 4 - 5 pm.

Bulk Orders

  • Receive discounts of up to 30% when you order in bulk for your organization, classroom, or book group. Go to the “Braiding Sweetgrass Bulk Book Orders" attachment at the bottom of this web page.
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