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Bee Time - Lessons From the Hive

with Governor-General's Award Winning Author MARK WINSTON
Thursday, September 22, 2016
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


There are powerful lessons to be learned from bees about how we humans can better understand our place in nature, engage the people and events surrounding us with greater focus and clarity, interact more effectively in our relationships and communities, and open ourselves to a deeper understanding of who we are as individuals, communities and a species. Mark will talk about his experiences from over 30 years of walking into apiaries, and the lessons learned from a life spent among the bees. His book Bee Time: Lessions from the Hive has received several awards:

  • 2014 Science in Society General Book Award

  • 2015 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction

  • 2015. CBC Best Book of the Year

  • 2016. Six months on national bestseller lists, including four weeks as the number one bestselling non-fiction book in Canada

Mark L. Winston is that rare individual, a scientist who can speak eloquently to the public.  Recognized as one of the world’s leading expert on bees and pollination, Mark has had an illustrious career researching, teaching, writing and commenting on bees and agriculture, environmental issues and science policy. He directed Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue for 12 years, where he achieved wide recognition as a distinguished Canadian educator. He consults widely, in university, corporate, non-profit, government and community settings, utilizing dialogue to advance communication skills, thoughtfully engage public audiences with controversial issues, implement experiential learning and community engagement in educational institutions, enhance leadership and develop/edit ideas and proposals for non-fiction writing from newspaper opinion pieces to books, including the bestselling book Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive which won the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction.

This event is co-sponsored by Banyen and WordVancouver, a free five-day writing & reading festival.

In his exquisite Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, Mark L. Winston distills a life’s devotion to the study of bees into a powerful and lyrical meditation on humanity. This compelling book inspires us to reevaluate our own relationships both with each other and the natural world. Vital reading for our time.

Jury Statement, Governor-General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction