For Day 4 of Book Week, I'm focusing on a unique read from artist Franke James entitled Bothered by My Green Conscience: How an SUV-driving, imported-strawberry-eating urban dweller can go green. This is no ordinary book. James uses colorful artwork and photography to convey her message and the result is an extremely successful convergence of images and ideas. In the author's own words:
Bothered by My Green Conscience
is the story of my true-life adventures in going green. It includes the story of us selling our only car (an SUV), winning approval from Toronto City Hall for the right to build a green driveway (and actually building it as a long weekend DIY project), rediscovering eccentric glamour in my own closet, understanding the real poop on social change, and also writing a visual letter to my future Grandkids in 2020, and wondering how they will judge us. The collection of five visual essays was published as a 160-page full color book by New Society Publishers in April 2009.
I really enjoyed flipping through this creative account of climate change and personal decisions. I'm not alone either: Bothered by My Green Conscience recently won the 2010 Green Book Festival Award for Graphic Novels. Visit Franke at her website here to see more of her artwork.