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Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burroughs Medal. His books include HURRICANE LIZARDS AND PLASTIC SQUID, BUZZ, THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS, FEATHERS, THE IMPENETRABLE FOREST, and the children's favorite BARTHOLOMEW QUILL . Learn more at his website: www.thorhanson.net.

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Thor Hanson I write very slowly, which sometimes makes it difficult to tell the difference between writer's block and my normal pace! Either way, I find the best …moreI write very slowly, which sometimes makes it difficult to tell the difference between writer's block and my normal pace! Either way, I find the best cure is to keep at it - putting in the time even when the output seems paltry. The slow and steady approach may not be glamorous, but it means that I'm there working when the logjam does finally break.(less)
Thor Hanson Hi Keshia,

"The Triumph of Seeds" contains 35 black and white images, including photographs, historical prints, and a series of lovely new seed illustr…more
Hi Keshia,

"The Triumph of Seeds" contains 35 black and white images, including photographs, historical prints, and a series of lovely new seed illustrations from botanical artist Suzanne Olive.

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HURRICANE LIZARDS Now in Paperback!

 

 

A NY Times Editor's Pick and finalist for The Pacific Northwest Book Award, Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid is now available in paperback across North America!  For a review, check out this one in The New York Times, and for an introduction to some of the stories in the book, here a video Thor did for WIRED.

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“In the past, people around the world heard the buzzing of bees as voices of the departed, a murmured conveyance from the spirit world. This belief traces back to the cultures of Egypt and Greece, among others, where tradition held that a person's soul appeared in bee form when it left the body, briefly visible (and audible) in its journey to the hereafter...Nobody knows the exact sequence of events that led to the beginning of bees, but everyone can agree on at least one thing: we know what it sounded like.”
Thor Hanson, Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

“Given time, evolution is much more likely to provide us with a multitude of solutions than it is to give us one ideal form.”
Thor Hanson, The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

“By Mendel’s time, plant breeding had progressed to a point where every region boasted dozens of local varieties of peas, not to mention beans, lettuce, strawberries, carrots, wheat, tomatoes, and scores of other crops. People may not have known about genetics, but everyone understood that plants (and animals) could be changed dramatically through selective breeding. A single species of weedy coastal mustard, for example, eventually gave rise to more than half a dozen familiar European vegetables. Farmers interested in tasty leaves turned it into cabbages, collard greens, and kale. Selecting plants with edible side buds and flower shoots produced Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli, while nurturing a fattened stem produced kohlrabi. In some cases, improving a crop was as simple as saving the largest seeds, but other situations required real sophistication. Assyrians began meticulously hand-pollinating date palms more than 4,000 years ago, and as early as the Shang Dynasty (1766–1122 BC), Chinese winemakers had perfected a strain of millet that required protection from cross-pollination. Perhaps no culture better expresses the instinctive link between growing plants and studying them than the Mende people of Sierra Leone, whose verb for “experiment” comes from the phrase “trying out new rice.”
Thor Hanson, The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

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