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David Waltner-Toews

Photo: 2008

David Waltner-Toews

David is the author or coauthor of seventeen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and recipes, including The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases That Jump from Animals to People (Greystone Books, 2007), Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick (Greystone Books, 2008) and The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society (ECW Press, May 2013). As “Tante Tina”, he has also been known to don a dress and kerchief and to pontificate on the trials of being a Mennonite farm woman in a men’s world gone mad.

His 2005 short story collection One Food in Heaven (Coteau Books) won the Foreward Magazine Silver Medal for short stories. His 2008 novel, Fear of Landing (Poisoned Pen Press) was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 100 novels published that year, and one of the top 9 mysteries.

A University Professor Emeritus at University of Guelph, he was founding president of Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans Frontières – Canada ( and of the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health (, and a founding member of Communities of Practice for Ecosystem Approaches to Health in Canada ( He is the recipient of the inaugural award for contributions to ecosystem approaches to health from The International Association for Ecology and Health.

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The Impossible Uprooting. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1995.
Good for your Animal, Good for You. illus. Doug Schaeffer. co-author Andrea Ellis. Renton, WA: The Delta Society, 1994.
Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why our Food is Making us Sick. Greystone, 2008
One Animal Among Many: Gaia, Goats & Garlic. Toronto: NC Press, 1991.
Endangered Species. Winnipeg, MB: Turnstone Press, 1988
Fear of Landing (a mystery). Poisoned Pen, 2008
The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases that Jump from Animals to People. Greystone, 2007
One Foot in Heaven (short stories). Coteau, 2005
The Complete Tante Tina: Mennonite Blues and Recipes. Pandora Press, 2004
The Fat Lady Struck Dumb (poetry). Brick Books, 2000
The Origin of Feces: what excrement tells us about evolution, ecology, and a sustainable spciety. ECW Press, 2013
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Presentation Description

Integrating science, sustainability and story-telling.

Presentation Length:
60 min.
Non-Fiction, Poetry, Fiction
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