The Triumph of Seeds, co-sponsored with Orcas Currents
Thursday, May 14th @ 5:30 pm at the Emmanuel Church Parish Hall
"The Triumph of the Seeds is a book of knowledge, adventure, and wonder. Essential reading for anyone who loves plants, or who may have wondered how the chili got its spice, what puts the buzz in coffee, or how seeds have influenced everything from the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the Industrial Revolution to the shape of the human face."
Thor Hanson is a field biologist who lives on San Juan Island. He is the author of Feathers, The Impenetrable Forest, and The Triumph of Seeds (published March 2015). Thor is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Switzer Environmental Fellow.
Thor was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He caught his first salmon at age four, and often collected a wide array of temporary summertime pets, from caterpillars and tadpoles to garter snakes, hermit crabs, and tree frogs. His early interest in the natural world steered him towards a career in conservation biology. For more information on Thor Hanson go to www.thorhanson.net.
Book signing to follow, at Darvill's Bookstore
THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS
How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History
By Thor Hanson
Illustrated. 277 pp. Basic Books. $26.99.
Available at Darvill's Bookstore
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The Friends of the Orcas Island Library has merchandise for sale*. Merchandise is available for purchase in the Library.
- Canvas Bags: $15
- Mugs: $15
- Hats: $12
- Bumper Stickers: $2.50
And, of course ... paperbacks ($1) and hardbound books ($2) in the Library lobby.
*All proceeds from the sale of merchandise help to further the mission and activities of the Friends of the Orcas Island Library.
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