Book It! April 2024

Cover image: Save our CityDIANE KALEN-SUKRA’96

In Save Your City: How Toxic Culture is Killing Community & What To Do About It, Diane Kalen-Sukra asserts that toxic culture is eroding our sense of belonging, community and well-being. In this updated and illustrated fifth anniversary edition of her book, she empowers community leaders and citizens to come together to address the complex challenges facing our cities and communities—from the infrastructure deficit to climate change, homelessness, mental health and addiction issues. This edition includes a poster, Roadmap to Renewing Civic Culture, equipping civic leaders and engaged citizens with practical steps to take today. (Municipal World)



Shabkar (1781-1851), the “Singer of the Land of Snows,” was a renowned yogi and poet who, through his autobiography and songs, developed a vision of Tibet as a Buddhist “imagined community.” By incorporating vernacular literature, providing a narrative mapping of the Tibetan plateau, reviving and adapting the legend of Tibetans as Avalokiteśvara’s chosen people, and promoting shared Buddhist values and practices, Shabkar’s concept of Tibet opened up the discursive space for the articulation of modern forms of Tibetan nationalism. In Singer of the Land of Snows, Rachel Pang employs analytical lenses of cultural nationalism and literary studies to explore the Indigenous epistemologies of identity, community, and territory that predate contemporary state-centric definitions of nation and nationalism in Tibet and provides the definitive treatment of this foundational figure. (University of Virginia Press)

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