Presentation with Hannah Nordhaus, Author of The Beekeeper's Lament

Date: October 15, 2011

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Back of Beyond Bookstore - 83 North Main Street

Price: Event is free to the public!

Presentation with Hannah Nordhaus, Author of The Beekeeper's Lament


The honey bee is a willing conscript, a working wonder, an unseen and crucial link in America's agricultural industry. But never before has its survival been so unclear—and the future of our food supply so acutely challenged.

Enter beekeeper John Miller, who trucks his hives around the country, bringing millions of bees to farmers otherwise bereft of natural pollinators. Even as the mysterious and deadly epidemic known as Colony Collapse Disorder devastates bee populations across the globe, Miller forges ahead with the determination and wry humor of a true homespun hero. The Beekeeper's Lament tells his story and that of his bees, making for a complex, moving, and unforgettable portrait of man in the new natural world.


Hannah Nordhaus is author of The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America, published by Harper Perennial in May 2011. The book is a non-fiction portrait of an unusual fourth-generation beekeeper who travels the West with 10,000 beehives, making honey, pollinating crops, and struggling to keep his bees alive in the middle of a strange and sobering honey bee die-off.

Hannah's writing has appeared in the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, Outside Magazine, Ski Magazine, High Country News, The Village Voice, and many other publications. From 2007 to 2009, she was also outdoors columnist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News.

Her articles have covered litigious prostitutes in Montana; snorkeling salmon-counters in Idaho; the underground history of a dismantled nuclear weapons facility near Denver; wildlife crime investigators in Oregon; a personal history of New Mexico's San Juan Basin natural gas fields; and profiles of dildo-art thieves and dog-doo GPS-mappers in Boulder, Colorado.

In 2008, "The Silence of the Bees," the High Country News article on which her book was based, won a special citation from the Stanford University John S. and James L. Knight Fellowship's James V. Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. Said the judges, "The ease with which this piece puts pen to paper--and leaves lasting images in the reader's mind--belies the enormous amount of work that went into her exceptional reporting."

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