Canada Reads

Jessica J. Lee

Author of Two Trees Make a Forest, championed by Scott Helman.

Author of Two Trees Make a Forest, championed by Scott Helman

Jessica J. Lee is the author of the memoir Two Trees Make a Forest. (Ricardo A. Rivas)

Scott Helman is championing Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee on Canada Reads 2021.

Canada Reads will take place March 8-11. The debates will be hosted by Ali Hassan and will be broadcast on CBC Radio OneCBC TVCBC Gem and on CBC Books

About Jessica J. Lee

Jessica J. Lee is a British Canadian Taiwanese author and environmental historian. She won the 2020 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the 2020 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature and the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She is the author of two books of nature writing: Turning and Two Trees Make a Forest. Lee has a PhD in environmental history and aesthetics and was the writer-in-residence at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology in Berlin from 2017–2018. Lee is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review and a researcher at the University of Cambridge. She currently lives in London. (From Hamish Hamilton)

Books by Jessica J. Lee

Interviews with Jessica J. Lee

Jessica J. Lee won the $60,000 Writers' Trust Hilary Weston Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, for her memoir, Two Trees Make A Forest: In Search of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts. She joins us to discuss the connection between family, nature and her ancestral homeland of Taiwan.
In her memoir Two Trees Make a Forest, Canadian writer and environmental historian Jessica J. Lee returns to her mother's homeland of Taiwan to understand the landscape that shaped her family - and in turn, shapes her. The book intertwines her grandparents' histories, the political history of Taiwan and the island's geological history. She speaks with Chattopadhyay about home, multiplicity and belonging. For more, visit:

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