Thursday, April 14, 2011

Some news...

Hey folks! I have two announcements. One: THE SECOND EDITION OF MY BOOK IS COMING OUT! Hip hip hurrah! So, originally Generation V was published on Tofu Hound Press by my friends Bob and Jenna. Tofu Hound started from nothing and became the publishing end of an amazing vegan media empire, Vegan Freak. Recently, Tofu Hound became a part of the broader radical small press, PM Press, who wanted to reissue Tofu Hound's titles under their press, including mine. What a perfect opportunity to get my act together and update some things I've long wanted to update! The second edition now has many more recipes, a part about college (I'm not a teenage vegan anymore!), a new preface, and various other little updates throughout. I feel much more like it's something I, as a 20-year-old instead of a 15-year-old, can get behind. But beyond that it'll be nice to have the book in print again. For some reason this and not last year is the year a lot of opportunities and events (readings and whatnot) have come up and it's awkward to say "Hey, here's this book I wrote. Read it. Except you can't right now. Uh. Thanks anyway." I am happy. You can buy the new edition at PM Press's website. 

That said, I also don't think I'm going to be updating this blog any longer, or at least very rarely. In addition to just being busy with other projects and life-things, I'm taking a step back from the vegan community for a while. I will always be vegan, and I value the friends, discoveries, and memories I've made through this community, but there are just other issues and questions on my mind and heart of late. I wouldn't say I'm burnt out, because to me that phrase is really negative - it implies some kind of breakdown or conflict, something not really chosen, bitterness. My identity as a 'vegan activist' is an identity I no longer feel like I occupy to the best of my abilities or the fullest of my spirit. I'm voluntarily bowing out of full participation in a movement to focus on other things that need my time and attention. I never want to not be vegan, and I would rather gracefully slip out of a movement for a time and live a life of veganism than burn out. I also don't want to devote myself to something my heart isn't in - veganism deserves to be advocated by people who are passionate for it, and it's not as if the community lacks for those. In my 5+ years of veganism, I'm glad I've learned that veganism is something that grows and changes as you do as a person. I know this will continue to be a part of my life, but my growth now is away from the community. I hope to return someday.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, just when I discover you, I hope you are not going to slip out of sight! Claire, I just stumbled across your blog after seeing the caption for an article on women and meat that looked intriguing...I thought that author was at SFU in BC, and so am wondering if that person is NOT also you?!

    I respect your choice to step back ... I just hope it's not due to lack of adequate support from the community where you are...I'm sure you've been 'in demand'!

    So here's hoping you nourish yourself with all the things calling with the knowledge that your writing, especially, will continue to reach people that truly value your work for non-human animals and the rest of us! I am just starting to write, in my 50's, material for publications that can 'circulate'...

    I'm an ecofeminist contributor to the recent Lantern Books anthology
    "Call to Compassion: Religious Perspectives on Animal Advocacy". It's taken a few years to come out, but inspired me to keep writing. If you are checking in here once in a blue moon and wouldn't mind letting me know where to find any of your articles (I'm thinking you might have them in one place, accessible on line (?), I will look forward to reading and sharing them:)

    Very vegan best wishes, Fireweed