The Babble Book Club is rabble.ca's online book club and our goal is to provide an inviting space for readers to critically discuss our book selections and engage with fellow rabble.ca folks! We read a variety of genres and authors, but tend to focus on what our great Canadian landscape of writing has to offer.
Our latest selection is Wade Davis' The Wayfinders and our final discussion date has been set and is coming up fast!
On Sunday August 12 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST, readers can log-on and join the previously established babble thread for the discussion of The Wayfinders. We invite users, both new and old, to join us on the thread to comment, question and discuss this incredible book.
Wade Davis is a prominent Canadian anthropologist, author and photographer who has documented various issues and topics from indigenous societies of Northern Canada to the folklore of Haitian culture. The Wayfinders celebrates the "wisdom of the world's indigenous cultures" and aims to provoke thought behind the fundamental question: "What does it mean to be human and alive?" The Wayfinders explores the concepts of language and culture, mythology and philosophy.
As always, we have the ongoing babble discussion thread up and running for any thoughts along the way and for the discussion on August 12. The Babble Book Club promotes ongoing discussion during our reading processes to increase engagement with our selections, so on our final discussion date, with everyone present, the conversation can be more lively! Check out what has already been posted -- additional links, comments and questions -- and feel free to add to the thread!
For those wanting to join the discussion, here are some easy steps and tips to get you started:
1. To ask questions and submit comments, you must register as a rabble.ca user, which creates an account that allows access to babble! babble is rabble.ca's discussion board and online community where users can discuss ideas and opinions and signing up is free and easy! Any questions about babble can be asked and answered on this thread as well as the babble FAQ page.
2. The Babble Book Club sets up babble threads before our final discussion to promote ongoing conversation -- check out our existing thread for The Wayfinders. A babble thread just means the "page" where various babble users (babblers) can post their comments and questions. Babblers post in "real-time" and can also quote other users, use emoticons or post links!
3. Our The Wayfinders will take place on Sunday August 12 at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST in "real-time," which just means more Babble Book Club members will be present at this time for a more interactive conversation. After the "official discussion" the thread will still be open for readers to post questions and comments; however, they may not be responded to immediately!
Does language shape a culture or does culture shape a language? If a language doesn't label something, does that limit the ability to see it? Are there universal traits between every culture?
Think it over and let the Babble Book Club know what you think!
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