Moyles takes readers to the boreal forest in northern Alberta where from a 100-foot-high tower, she scanned the horizon for any hint of wildfire. Alone at her station, with her beloved dog, Moyles contemplates the love she had recently lost, loneliness, the beauty of nature, and the threat of environmental crisis.
For a decade, Trina worked around the world in international development, advocating for sustainable agriculture, equitable food distribution, and women’s rights. In Uganda, she fell in love with Akello, a Lugbara man with whom she planted deep roots. Although Trina loved her life there, greater opportunities beckoned, if only they both could navigate the bureaucratic nightmare of immigration. To raise the money to get Akello to Canada, Trina took the highest paying job she could find. In the summer of 2016, with fear and excitement, Trina signed herself up to live alone for four months in the boreal forest, climbing a 100-foot tower in the middle of nowhere to watch for wildfires. That decision would change her life drastically.
Throughout, she grapples with loss and longing from both a personal and environmental lens, taking readers on her journey of understanding herself, and the nature of wildfire.
Praise for Trina Moyles' first book, Women Who Dig:
"Women Who Dig belongs in the canon of food studies. I'll be thinking about the testimonies in this book for a very long time to come." -- Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing
"Trina Moyles reveals the determination, imagination, and resilience of women from around the world who are engaged in persistent struggles to produce food. Their stories tell a lot about social and environmental justice, hope, community, and what really matters." -- Annette Desmarais, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice, and Food Sovereignty
Trina Moyles, author
Trina Moyles is a freelance writer, journalist, photographer, human rights activist, and community organizer. Her first book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World wove together the narratives of female farmers and farm workers across three continents, from eight countries. A mix of travel writing and feminism, Women Who Dig is a critical look at how women are responding to, and increasingly, rising up against, the injustices of the global food system. After a fourth summer at the fire tower, Trina has begun studies in the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia.
Rights Holder: Transatlantic Agency
rights available: World, excl. English-language rights in Canada (Random House)
age range: Adult
number of pages: 0
publication date: 05/30/2021
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: complete manuscript