Rob Laidlaw is a Chartered Biologist and Executive Director of the wildlife protection organization Zoocheck. His work throughout the years has taken him from Canada's north to the far reaches of tropical Asia. Laidlaw is also an award-winning children's author; his latest books are 5 Elephants and Cat Champions, Caring for Our Feline Friends. Numerous people have asked him for recommendations on books about social change and activism. While there are a lot of great books out there, these are a few that he found particularly informative, accessible and, in some cases, revelatory. Rob can be reached through roblaidlawbooks.com.
Lucile Barker is a Toronto poet, writer and activist who has written since swiping her grandmother’s fountain pen and her mother’s ink. Time spent in the corner gave her more writing opportunities. Hall time in high school offered her more chances to write, along with decreased prospects of gainful employment. She may have the world’s largest rejection slip collection. There are no plans for an exhibit of these. Her many print publications include both poetry and fiction and have appeared in Origins, Mamashee, B.C. Review and Memewar. Other online publications include Connotations, Wordsmith, Menacing Hedge and Ginger Piglet. She tends to submit to magazines with funny names. Since 1994, she has been the co-ordinator of the Joy of Writing, a weekly workshop at the Ralph Thornton Centre.