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Canopy of Titans: Tofino Launch

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Little Costa Rica Cafe


Join us at Little Costa Rica Cafe in Tofino, B.C. to celebrate an essential and critical new book about the Pacific Coastal Temperate rainforest.

In Canopy of Titans: The Life and Times of the Great North American Rainforest, authors Paul Koberstein and Jessica Applegate give us both a stunning biography of our part of the world’s greatest asset, and a gut-wrenching chronicle of how recklessly we have, and continue, to lay waste to the richest ecosystem on Earth.

The authors will join us for an evening conversation with Upstart & Crow cofounder Ian Gill, followed by questions and mingling. Tuutahkʷiisnupšiƛ Joe Martin will provide a welcome.

Books will be for sale by our event partner, Mermaid Tales! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but please register on this Eventbrite as seating is limited.

More about Canopy of Titans:

In Canopy of Titans, authors Koberstein and Applegate examine the global importance of the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest that stretches from Northern California to Alaska. Their urgent and authoritative account sets out the threats facing a vital environmental resource, and celebrates the beauty and complexity of one of the world’s great forests.

Drawing on years of on-the-ground reporting, Koberstein and Applegate pull back the curtain on policies of governmental bodies that have seriously diminished the rainforest’s capacity to store carbon, and uncover industry practices that have led to the destruction of swaths of a major ecological resource. Additionally, using an environmental justice perspective, Canopy of Titans shines a light on the Indigenous communities that have lived in the rainforest for millennia, and the impact forest policies have had on their lives.

About the authors:

Paul Koberstein co-founded Cascadia Times in 1995 and has been its editor ever since. Paul, a journalist for 40 years, was a staff writer for The Oregonian and Willamette Week in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1995, Utne Reader named Cascadia Times one of the best new environmental publications in North America. In 2016, Paul won the Bruce Baer Award given annually to an Oregon journalist for excellence in investigative journalism in recognition for his investigation of industrial toxic air pollution. In 2004, he won the John B. Oakes Award for the most distinguished environmental journalism in the United States for a series of articles on wildlife poaching in the North Pacific Ocean. Paul is a native of Oregon and currently resides in Portland.

Jessica Applegate is managing editor and photographer for Cascadia Times.  She is a lifelong environmental activist and public servant and works with young children with special needs. Jessica is a founding member of Eastside Portland Air Coalition, a grass roots group that spurred creation of statewide air toxics regulatory overhaul, Cleaner Air Oregon. She was appointed by Governor Brown to the subsequent rules advisory committee resulting in the passage of historic legislation curbing industrial air pollution in Oregon.

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