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An anthology from the vegan magazine T.O.F.U. that focuses on such things as sexism, fat shaming, feminism, and more.
An anthology from the vegan magazine T.O.F.U. that focuses on such things as sexism, fat shaming, feminism, and more.
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The Plan

Taking some of my favourite articles from the past issues of T.O.F.U., I'm hoping to publish them all together in a limited-edition book. For most of these articles, this will be their first time available in a physical format.

Printed by a local shop (see below) on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper, The Book of T.O.F.U. will cover topics such as the intersection of veganism with age, sexism, and body image, as well as articles on how to organize a vegan festival, balcony composting, and much more.

Not only a re-issue of past pieces, the book will include numerous updates and changes to the pieces by the authors, along with introductions by me to explain why I felt each piece was representative of some of the best articles T.O.F.U. has published.

The Magazine

The Past Issues of T.O.F.U.
The Past Issues of T.O.F.U.

T.O.F.U. started in 2007 after the success of two independently published cookbooks and a vegan dining guide to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Originally intended to be a soapbox for those who dedicate their lives to change, T.O.F.U. now has a more refined focus on the intersection of veganism and various forms of oppression, as well as other issues typically outside of the mainstream vegan culture.

From highlighting important issues within the magazine to sponsoring projects through the T.O.F.U. grant program, T.O.F.U. hopes to encourage people to think not only about what's on their plate, but also about the world beyond it.

The Editor

The Grand Canyon during the 2009 T.O.F.U. Tour
The Grand Canyon during the 2009 T.O.F.U. Tour

For roughly ten years, I've been involved in the independent vegan publishing world on many levels. Not only am I the co-founder of T.O.F.U., I've also spoken internationally on a number of different topics including publishing, activism, and the need for an intersectional approach within the vegan community.

Along with my experience in promoting veganism, I've also played a key role in the production of numerous albums, coordinated and overseen hundreds of live events, and helped to launch award-winning websites and marketing campaigns.

Now focusing on T.O.F.U. full-time, I bring both the experience and ambition to see this project through by ensuring everyone works together to produce a book that we're all proud of, including supporters like you.

For more info, you can find me here.

The Writers

From seasoned bloggers to academics, the people who have written for T.O.F.U. span the globe. Since starting the magazine in 2007, I've worked with all of them for past issues, and I'm excited to work with them once again on this book. They share my excitement for the project, and I'm looking forward to being able to showcase their work in a tangible format for everyone to appreciate.

The Print Shop

I put a lot of effort into finding a great print shop here in Vancouver, British Columbia, and so far it's been one of the more time-consuming parts of the project. After being a digital-only magazine for so long, I had a lot of things to consider when deciding to go back to print, and I wanted to know that the people I chose to work with understood my concerns. Not only that, I wanted to deal with people who were excited about what I was doing, regardless of how small it was in the grand scheme of their business. 

Luckily, I found all of this and more with MET.

Carbon neutral since 2010, MET is one of Canada’s first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified printers, and they are known as environmental leaders in the print industry across the country. Locally, they're recognized as one of the City of Vancouver’s Corporate Climate Leaders as innovators in environmental stewardship, and featured as business model in the Vancouver Green Capital initiative.

They also operate a zero waste program whereby waste inks, coatings, solvents, rags, plastic, pallets, UV bulbs, and all aluminum plates are recycled, and all waste water is treated before disposal.

For more information on MET, and their environmental initiatives, please see their website.

Risks and challenges

Like any publishing project, one of the biggest challenges is running into delays in printing the book. From submissions to issues with the print shop, unexpected complications can come up.

As someone who has been involved in the production of numerous items, including CDs, websites, ad campaigns, children's books, vegan cookbooks, a vegan dining guide to Halifax, and nine past copies of T.O.F.U., I've overcome a variety of obstacles to ensure the project was completed.

In the case of this book, work has already begun with the chosen authors to reshape their content, and my conversations with the print shop have me confident that producing the book within a reasonable amount of time will not be an issue for them.

Regardless of this, if anything does cause a delay, I will be clear and honest about it to all of you who choose to support what I'm doing, and I will do my best to ensure you're happy with your decision to spend your money on this independent publication.

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    The Digital Book of T.O.F.U.

    Similar to past issues, there will be a digital version of the book. With the same content and design, the only difference will be the missing smell of paper and ink.

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    Out with the old and in with the new? How about in with all of it instead? That's right, you'll catch-up on everything T.O.F.U. in one quick, digital purchase! Plus, I'll send you a cute GIF, which will help keep the Internet warm and fuzzy.

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    The Book of T.O.F.U.

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    Made from fair trade, organic cotton and printed with water-based inks, the aprons are available in either forest green or maroon and were printed in a small run for The Wild T.O.F.U. Tour earlier this year.

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    A copy of the book is great and all, but how about something even more limited? Along with the book, I'll take a number of photos with a disposable camera and have them developed before I ship your book. I can't guarantee they'll all involve food, but they will be unique to just you!

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    Coupled with a copy of the book, I'll also offer five hours of Skype time to chat about how you can get closer to following your dream. As someone who has been self-employed for over a year, and who has also been building a business for much longer, I'd love to hear about your idea(s) and help to see them become a reality.

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    If you own a vegan-friendly business, then maybe this will be a great way to work together? You provide the space to host the event, and I'll help with promotion and all the other fun stuff. Don't worry about accommodations or airfare, and I'll even bring the books (and maybe even other fun T.O.F.U. things)!

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