Rachel Lebowitz at Wanted on the Voyage Reading Series

November 17, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Rachel Lebowitz at Wanted on the Voyage Reading Series

Tune in to a virtual reading event with the Wanted on the Voyage Reading Series! Rachel Lebowitz will be reading from her book, The Year of No Summer, alongside fellow authors Yvonne Blomer (Book of Places), Kim Fahner (Emptying the Ocean), and Tanis MacDonald (Straggle). The event will take place online on Thursday, November 17 at 7PM ET / 4PM PT.

More details here.

Grab your copy of The Year of No Summer here!


“Lebowitz highlights the parables, fables and myths we humans created in order to weave meaning into our lives and to which we return for comfort.” —Atlantic Books Today

On April 10th, 1815, Indonesia’s Mount Tambora erupted. The resulting build-up of ash in the stratosphere altered weather patterns and led, in 1816, to a year without summer. Instead, there were June snowstorms, food shortages, epidemics, inventions, and the proliferation of new cults and religious revivals.

Hauntingly meaningful in today’s climate crisis, Lebowitz’s lyric essay charts the events and effects of that apocalyptic year. Weaving together history, mythology, and memoir, The Year of No Summer ruminates on weather, war, and our search for God and meaning in times of disaster.


Rachel Lebowitz is the author of Hannus (Pedlar Press, 2006), which was shortlisted for the 2007 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (BC Book Prize) and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She is also the author of Cottonopolis (Pedlar Press, 2013) and the co-author, with Zachariah Wells, of the children’s picture book Anything But Hank! (Biblioasis, 2008, illustrated by Eric Orchard). She lives in Halifax, where she coordinates adult tutoring programs at her neighbourhood library.