Steve Whysall from the Vancouver Sun took the time to sit down for a chat about my new book. I thought we had a really positive chat. We talked like any two plant people do when they get to geek out a bit on their favourite topic, but also went into the bigger ideas behind the book involving getting people to look and learn about the trees in their urban environment as the first step towards saving them. But you never know until the print hits the pavement how you came across. Fortunately, I think Steve was spot on in taking a wide angle look at not just the book but the motivation that led to it. Throughout the whole writing/shooting/production slog of getting this book done I tried to counsel myself with the notion that even thought it would never make economic sense, it might lead at least one person to see trees and the city differently. Thanks to the Vancouver Sun, read by many more people than will ever see the book, the idea is now out there and anyone who has an inclination to shift their gaze upwards to the canopy now knows where to go.
David TraceyVancouver Sun Review of Vancouver Tree Book
I’m always happy to talk to journalists — my peeps! — even when they come from TV Land. In this case the interview, to judge from behind the lines, went really well. Anyone bound by stereotypes of TV news reporters being superficial and lusting for blood and gory imagery should have seen Linda Aylesworth from Global ask about trees in Vancouver. Along with ace cameraman Sergio Magro, we spent at least 90 minutes in Stanley Park talking and shooting trees, all for a 2-minute report. How do you capture a big idea like saving the city with a book encouraging a healthy urban forest in just a couple of minutes? You don’t, ultimately, because the human brain needs more time and information to process fast moving words and pics into something like a conviction. But you can make a lot of progress in that short time if you do it well, and I thought they did, with a thoroughness that surprised me. Apart from my mug on the screen, I think the result is great and proof of their dedication to the craft. Oh, except for a glitch at the beginning of the on-air version where the graphic said it was a book for children. Which it is, if you count among children all the rest of us who still hope to capture the inner scientist and nature-loving affinity of youth.
David TraceyGlobal TV News Hour on Vancouver Tree Book