We’re proud to announce that Dan Rubinstein, author of Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act, has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Ottawa Book Award in the Non-Fiction English category! This prestigious award recognizes and celebrates the top Canadian English and French language books published in the previous year.
The winner will be announced on October 19th at Ottawa City Hall, so keep your fingers crossed!
The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age, geography, culture, and class, and is one of the most economical and environmentally responsible modes of transit. Yet with our modern fixation on speed, this healthy pedestrian activity has been largely left behind.
At a personal and professional crossroads, writer, editor, and obsessive walker Dan Rubinstein travelled throughout the U.S., U.K., and Canada to walk with people who saw the act not only as a form of transportation and recreation, but also as a path to a better world. There are no magic-bullet solutions to modern epidemics like obesity, anxiety, alienation, and climate change; but what if there is a simple way to take a step in the right direction? Combining fascinating reportage, eye-opening research, and Rubinstein’s own discoveries, Born to Walk explores how far this ancient habit can take us and how much repair is within range, and guarantees that you’ll never again take walking for granted.
“Few books treat walking so big-heartedly and open-mindedly as this one or with such exploratory, wide-ranging study.” — Literary Review of Canada
“With fervour and a strong commitment to research, Rubinstein unpacks his simple manifesto: ‘Walk more. Anywhere.’” — Quill & Quire