Big News – Project Animal Farm now out in paperback!

I am pleased to announce that today marks the paperback release of Project Animal Farm! I personally can’t believe how light the paperback is—it just disappears in my purse. The book is perfect for anyone interested in food issues, sustainability, or animals—and for anyone who simply wants to get immersed in an adventurous story.

In celebration of the paperback launch, I am releasing the Prologue and Chapter One of Project Animal Farm on my website here. (It takes a moment to load, so hang in there!) Once you read the chapter, you are welcome to get the book here. Let me know what you think of the start of the book, and feel free to forward along the link! If you’re part of a book club or discussion group, you can view the reading guide for the book here.

I have been humbled and honored by the praise Project Animal Farm has received since its release last year as hardcover. Here are some of my favorite comments:

  • “The book is like sitting down for a cup of tea with a friend, only to be swallowed into a long story filled with quirky characters and random encounters, an escapade through farms and the people who work them.” — Metro
  • “Every so often a book comes along that has the power to alter the course of history. Project Animal Farm is that potent….People will be talking about this book for decades.” — John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution
  • “An engaging account…about this most secretive of global enterprises.” — M. Coetzee, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • “Impossible to forget and impossible to ignore, Project Animal Farm is an original and thought-provoking exploration of where our food comes from.” — John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods
  • “One thing’s for sure: your food will never again look the same.” — Salon

I was pleased to speak at Toronto and Guelph Vegetarian Food Festivals this month. Both festivals took place at beautiful venues along the water in their respective cities and were attended by thousands of people. The food was delicious and the conversations delightful. You can view some photos from the events here.

I am excited to be heading to book festivals in the next weeks:

  • Kingston WritersFest on Thurs, Sep 29. I will speak at 9:30am in the Islandview Room of Holiday Inn. The address is 2 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario. The event has a $15 ticket that can be purchased here.
  • Ottawa Writers Food Festival on Sat, Oct 15. For the first time, the Ottawa International Writers Festival is organizing a series on food. I will speak at 5pm at Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks St, Ottawa). The event will feature a conversation with the festival director, and is free and open to the public.

I recently spoke with VICE about the climate impact of our diet, and how diet should have been a priority at UN Climate Week. You can read the piece here. “We don’t need to wait for technological breakthroughs or innovation,” I told VICE reporter Kaleigh Rogers. “We just need to think about what’s on our plate…”

On a related note, my twin sister Sofia Faruqi recently wrote a piece about forests at World Resources Institute. She is leading an innovative project to create an economic model around forest restoration. The goal is to make forest conservation scalable and sustainable in the long-term. Read it here!