‘The Triumph of Seeds’ reading

Thor Hanson will read from his latest book “The Triumph of Seeds,” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, with a writing workshop during the day.


The subtitle of the book is “How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shape Human History.”


Seeds won the Pacific Northwest Book Award 2016, and was selected as a Seattle Times Best Book 2015.

Author and biologist Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burroughs Medal.

Hanson is currently pursuing projects on Tufted Puffins, native bees, and rare butterflies, and is involved in an international effort to assess the ecological impacts of warfare.

His books include “The Impenetrable Forest and Feathers,” as well as an illustrated children’s book and his work has been covered by news outlets around the world, including NPR, Reuters, Scientific American, The New York Times, and The Times of India. Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

During the day Saturday, from 1 to 3:30pm, Hanson will teach a writing workshop titled Seeing Things – The Journey from Vision to Words to help writers hone their observation skills to add detail to their writing.

Hanson will share an exploration of the art and craft of truly seeing things:  why it is essential to writing, why we are born to do it, and why a frog doesn’t need a brain to catch a fly. Tuition for the workshop is $30. Register at

Following Hanson’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “planting seeds.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at or contact Kathie Hightower, [email protected].

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