Offsite Event: Thor Hanson at the SF Botanical Garden

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 3:00pm

This event will be held at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122.

 

 

Thor Hanson discusses his new book, Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees, at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. This event will feature a talk in the Fragrance Garden followed by a signing. ***NOTE*** This is a free event but there is an $9.00 admission fee to the garden for Non-San Francisco residents. Seating will be limited.

 

Praise for Buzz

 

"Thor Hanson is a gifted story teller and naturalist. In Buzz, he takes us along on a wondrous, action-packed journey to discover the secret lives of bees, flowers, and the unconventional men and women who study them. This book really is the buzz about bees, and it's destined to become a natural history classic."―Stephen Buchmann, author of The Reason for Flowers



"Thor Hanson is a magician at making entomology and taxonomy exciting, highlighting the fascinating world of bees. Buzz hums with science and history, exposing how bees have shaped our world. A delightful, buzzworthy must-read!"―Daniel Chamovitz, author of What a Plant Knows



"As he did for feathers and seeds, Thor Hanson has written a wonderfully engaging work of natural history that will delight readers with its elegant prose, surprising stories, and deep humanity. Bees, so important to life on earth, are fortunate to have someone as passionate and knowledgeable as Hanson tell the tale of their evolutionary past, turbulent present, and precarious future. After reading Buzz, you will look at bees with a profound mixture of awe and gratitude."―Eric Jay Dolin, author of Black Flags, Blue Waters, and Leviathan

 

About Buzz

 

From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.


Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved 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. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.


As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.

 

 

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780465052615
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Basic Books - July 10th, 2018

From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.


The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780465097401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Basic Books - March 8th, 2016

"The genius of Hanson's fascinating, inspiring, and entertaining book stems from the fact that it is not about how all kinds of things grow from seeds; it is about the seeds themselves." --Mark Kurlansky, New York Times Book Review


Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780465028788
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Basic Books (AZ) - July 31st, 2012

Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told.In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place.


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