Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Summer Reading - Avrim Topel, co-author of "Green Beginnings"

Our second guest on the new series 'My Summer Reading' is Avrim Topel, co-author of "Green Beginnings: The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home".

"Green Beginnings" is following the journey Avrim and Vicki Topel had while building a new green sustainable home from scratch, one that will be eventually awarded the USGBC’s LEED Silver and Energy Star Qualified Home designations in October, 2008. It is also part of a greater effort of the couple to share their experience with others, which includes tours in the house and a documentary video.

Eco-Libris is collaborating with the authors to plant trees for the copies sold of the book.

Here are Avrim's choices for this summer:

Any recommendation on a good summer reading?
Corsair by Clive Cussler

What you are planning to read this summer?
Medusa by Clive Cussler

What is your favorite place to read in the summer?
On the beach and on my screened porch

Thanks Avrim!

You can find more information about Avrim and Vicki Topel and their great book at

Raz @ Eco-Libris

My Summer Reading - Christian Valentiner of Flux

Summer is here and it's time to have fun, enjoying the outdoors, going to the beach, hiking, relaxing and of course reading a couple of good books.

BUT which books are the best fit for summer? It is well known that there are books that are a good fit for the long winter nights, or the bloomy spring, but which stories will be your best choices for hot and humid days where you just look to find some shade and dream about a cold drink?

We decided to check out with our partners - publishers, bookstore owners, authors and others in the book industry and bring you their choices in a new series we launch today - My Summer Reading.

This series will run throughout the summer and we hope you'll enjoy the recommendations and use them to have an enjoyable summer with many great books!

Our first guest is the publisher Christian Valentiner of the Norwegian publishing house Flux.

We are a proud partner of Flux and already worked with them to plant trees for some great books they published, including the Norwegian translation of Ken Wilber's "The Integral Vision", "Deep Joy: Arne Næss on deep ecology" and "The 5th Step" by Dag Andersen. And we're going to have soon another great book added to this list so stay tuned.

So without further ado, here are Christian's choices for this summer:

Hi Christian, what are you reading now?
A Swedish book on dog training
J We’ve just added a Mini-Schanuzer named Magic as Chief Trouble Officer at Flux.

What you are planning to read this summer?
Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
and The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco – and probably something altogether different will tempt me at my last-minute-bookstore-stop before the holidays.

What is your favorite place to read in the summer?
In bed, in the hammock, in the grass

Thanks Christian!

You can find more information about Flux and their great books at

Raz @ Eco-Libris