Thursday, January 18, 5-7pm
Thor Hanson discusses his new book, Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees. This event will feature a talk in the Fragrance Garden followed by a book signing. Seating will be limited.
This event is hosted by Green Apple Books
In Buzz, conservation biologist and award-winning writer Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young.
From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. But for the past decade, resounding alarm about dwindling bee populations has often seemed to drown out the humming of the bees themselves. We know bees are special, but few of us can say much about why.
Only when we know where bees came from—and what they continue to provide us—will we really understand what’s at stake. At its heart Buzz is not a book of crisis—it is a book of curiosity, and the irresistible urge to get outside, find a bee on a blossom, and watch.
About the Author
Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist and Guggenheim Fellow. He has studied Central American trees and songbirds, nest predation in Tanzania, and the grisly feeding habits of African vultures. His previous books include The Triumph of Seeds, which won the Phi Beta Kappa Award and the Pacific Northwest Book award, and Feathers, which won numerous awards including the 2013 John Burroughs Medal and the 2012 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Writing. Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island in Washington State. www.thorhanson.net