Kolin Lymworth

Kolin Lymworth started Banyen Books in Kitsilano in 1970 and has been cross-eyed and humming ever since.

That is, he's still running the store, and sticking his head into the astonishing stream of evolutionary ideas and practices emerging in our world. Every week, he offers a recommended book from that stream, for you to taste.

From acupressure and alchemy to gardening, Gaia, and greening the economy, from Jungian psychology to edgy Buddha, from integral bodywork and Rumi to "Reality Sandwiches," tune in to a new book, and maybe even a topical DVD or audio-CD set, every week. Think of it as "Good News from the Frontiers of Human Being."

The Writing Warrior

All writers are faced at some point with feelings of self-consciousness and self-doubt about their work. In The Writing Warrior (in paperback from Shambhala) Laraine Herring offers advice to writers...

Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World

When the ground is frozen, it’s time to read a really great gardening book. And this one, like good compost, is rich and also unique. It’s Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate: At Work in the Wild and...

The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas

Finally, a real journey into the magical sources and traditions of Christmas, from the greatest of contemporary Celtic scholars and gentlemen. It’s The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of...

Al Gore Picks Up Where He Left Off With "Our Choice"

In this much talked about new book, Al Gore (co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 and former US Vice Prez) illuminates the known solutions to the climate crisis and describes a...

Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth Discipline

 "We are as gods and HAVE to get good at it."

The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

Recently, Andrew Harvey was in Vancouver on his way to a workshop at Hollyhock, and his passion-powered wisdom was contagious. His new book is called The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism, and it’s...

Home: A Hymn to the Planet and Humanity

 This is a stunning visual odyssey. From the author of the amazing Earth From Above comes this moving and brilliantly photographed new book, Home, released as a companion piece to the film of...

Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia

“Cascadia,” this bioregion of ours, is a greenhouse for unique earth-wise cultural/spiritual goings-on. A new book which captures this zeitgeist is CASCADIA: THE ELUSIVE UTOPIA: Exploring the Spirit...

The Subtle Body

With all that dazzling energy coming from the sun—and our bodies thus being energetic universes in themselves—here’s a book that goes into great depth on our energetic works and workings. It’s THE...

Transition Timeline

Giving teeth and traction to the Transition movement springing up across the land—mapping our path of “energy descent” and the changes needed to make it through to a greener, truly sustainable human...