Shortlisted for The Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction
Stand the Sacred Tree isn’t fiction. Nor is it non-fiction. It is about the truth of John Weier’s life as a traveler. It is a book of nature, and birds, and water (or the lack of it), about the joy of life and the sorrow of illness.
It grew out of the questions John explored and the opportunities that were offered as he traveled—to Syria, Holland, Iceland, Denmark, and throughout Canada—and wondered at what, if anything, connects these places and their diverse landscapes and cultures
In his adventures, Weier discovers people who are obsessed with place, with travel; each destination, each trip without exception leading to another. Each new landscape brings new exotic birds and flowers, new friends. Yet everywhere there is always something haunting and familiar.
John Weier is a Canadian poet born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1949. Formerly the President of the League of Canadian Poets, he has published five collections of poetry as well as a number of works of fiction and non-fiction. He was recently the Writer-in-Residence at the Winnipeg Public Library, owns his own chapbook company, and also works as a professional luthier. In 2004 his book Stand the Sacred Tree: Journeys in Place and Memory was shortlisted for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.