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David Waltner-Toews


David is the author or coauthor of more than 20 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and recipes. 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 science books, as well as his short stories, were written with the support of writing grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


His science books have been praised by reviewers, shortlisted for prizes (and won a few), and translated into Chinese, French, Arabic, and Japanese. These include Eat the Beetles (2017; IPPY Gold), The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society (ECW Press, May 2013, winner IPPY Silver), Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick (Greystone Books, 2008) and The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases That Jump from Animals to People (Greystone Books, 2007).


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 10 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
Eat the Beetles! An Exploration into our Conflicted Relationship with Insects. ECW Press, 2017


2005 Silver Medal winner, Fiction-Short stories ForeWord Magazine, 2006 Winner, Best Regional Fiction – Canada West, Independent Publisher Book Awards for One Foot in Heaven, 2005
IPPY (independent Publishers) Silver Medal for The Origin of Feces, 2013
IPPY Gold Medal for Eat the Beetles! An Exploration into our Conflicted Relationship with Insects, 2017
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Presentation Description

Integrating science, sustainability and story-telling.

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