Wednesday, October 24. 7pm. St. Albert Public Library.
In January 2018, Flanders published her first book, The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in A Store, which became a Wall Street Journal bestseller.
The book documents Flanders’ experience buying only consumables—groceries, toiletries, gas for her car—getting rid of 70 per cent of her belongings, learning how to fix rather than discard things, researching the zero waste movement, and completing a television ban. This challenge quickly became a lifeline, as she found herself in a number of situations that turned her life upside down. Realizing why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol and food, and what it had cost her, Flanders changed habits she'd spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her.
Journalist and author Michael Hingston is the 2018 Regional Writer in Residence, and host at this event. He is the author of Let’s Go Exploring, an examination of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, and The Dilettantes.
Meet the writer behind the much-debated Hero’s Walk as Anita Rau Badami talks with Angie Abdou about being selected for CBC’s Canada Reads. Badami’s descriptive and beautiful writing puts us easily into someone else’s shoes, giving us the ability to understand another’s perspective. Join us for an insightful evening.