Book Club at the MFA: “Where Honeybees Thrive” by Heather Swan
Join Keep St. Pete Lit, a local organization that supports the literary community, for a book club connecting the visual and literary arts. Each month’s featured book will relate to the MFA’s collection or special exhibition. Free with admission.
October: Where Honeybees Thrive by Heather Swan
Swan is the winner of the 2017 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award and is a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the areas of ecocriticism, environmental humanities, environmental justice. Using her own quest for understanding as a starting point, Swan speaks to the innovative projects and strategies beekeepers in Sichuan, China, urban farmers and mead makers in the United States and researchers in southern Africa employ to secure a sustainable future for honeybees. Because honeybees and other pollinators are responsible for pollinating at least one-third of all the food we eat, hive collapse is a global area of concern. In Where Honeybees Thrive, the poet, artist, and scholar of environmental literature blends interviews, poetry, and traditional research into a story of sustainability and near global decimation. Astonishingly, given the material and nature of some of the art presented, her book is full of hope for honeybees and the rest of us.
Free with Admission, $10 on Thursdays after 5 pm