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Greystone Books partners with Enhanced Editions and documentary producers to create an enriched David Suzuki experience

September 10th, 2010

In December 2009, in a sold-out auditorium, David Suzuki delivered a lecture that he described as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die.” The lecture was expanded into a book called The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision for Our Sustainable Future (published by Greystone Books with the David Suzuki Foundation). The lecture also forms the core of the feature documentary Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, which was directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and is set to premiere at this fall’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Rob Sanders, the publisher of Greystone Books says, “An Enhanced Ebook available as an app is the perfect way to bring David Suzuki’s important and brilliant message to an ever-more digital world. The wisdom of the message is David’s Legacy, and this new technology serves the legacy well. We are proud to help David’s message reach the widest audience possible.”

Created in collaboration with Enhanced Editions – the world’s premier ebook application developer and the producers of the popular Death of Bunny Munro ebook – The Legacy: Enhanced Edition reveals a vivid portrait of an extraordinary man and his life’s work, pairing the complete text of the book with video clips and photos from the film, and an enhanced podcast which features a live recording of the entire Legacy Lecture.

Commenting on the creative partnership, Peter Collingridge, co-founder of Enhanced Editions, said, “David Suzuki’s Legacy Lecture addresses issues that are fundamentally important to Enhanced Editions, both as a company and to us all as individuals. We are keen to see David’s ideas communicated to as broad an audience as possible and are excited to work with Greystone to create their first enhanced ebook with the aim of doing exactly that.”

Video clips and stills from the documentary Force of Nature, as well as the audio recording of the Legacy Lecture, were provided by the film’s producers: Legacy Lectures Productions and the National Film Board of Canada.

Commenting on the film project, director Sturla Gunnarsson said, “Occasionally we encounter someone who appeals to the better angels of our nature and reminds us of values we once held dear. For me that person was David Suzuki. It was a privilege and a joy collaborating with him on this project for the past two years and I take great pride in the result.”

The resulting enhanced ebook gives readers unique access to David Suzuki’s work and creates a one-of-a-kind experience. It will be available for purchase at the Apple app store on September 11, 2010 and will work on all Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). The app will be released in Australia and New Zealand in association with Allen & Unwin, the publisher of The Legacy in those territories on September 27.