Virtual Author Event

in conversation with
Daniel Goldin & Lisa Baudoin
Wednesday, November 3rd 
7:00 p.m.
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Boswell Book Company and Books & Company proudly present a lovely evening with author Eileen Garvin for her novel The Music of Bees for our November edition of Readings from Oconomowaukee. Books & Company booksellers Katrina, Ken, and Judy all read and adored this novel! 

Books & Co. bookseller Katrina says "I really loved this novel. It's full of heart, hope, and honey. It shows how the family you choose as your own can accept you, support you in doing what you believe is right- and how absolutely important that really is." 

Books & Co. bookseller Ken says "What a wonderful novel! I gave it five stars out of five in my reading journal. Eileen Garvin sets her heartwarming story on a honeybee farm in Oregon. Three lonely people come together to form an unusual family: Alice owns the farm and has panic attacks after the sudden death of her husband; Jake is a paraplegic teen who has the tallest mohawk in the county and is taunted by his abusive father; Harry is a 24-year-old without a permanent home and desperate to find work. Alice takes the two men under her wing, feeds them, gives them shelter and teaches them about honeybees. At the same time Eileen Garvin--a beekeeper in real life--teaches us about the miraculous world of bee hives and honey combs and how three disparate people can form an unexpected friendship."


About the novel: Three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it. Forty-four-year-old Alice Holtzman is stuck in a dead-end job, bereft of family, and now reeling from the unexpected death of her husband. Alice has begun having panic attacks whenever she thinks about how her life hasn't turned out the way she dreamed. Even the beloved honeybees she raises in her spare time aren't helping her feel better these days. In the grip of a panic attack, she nearly collides with Jake--a troubled, paraplegic teenager with the tallest mohawk in Hood River County--while carrying 120,000 honeybees in the back of her pickup truck. Charmed by Jake's sincere interest in her bees and seeking to rescue him from his toxic home life, Alice surprises herself by inviting Jake to her farm. And then there's Harry, a twenty-four-year-old with debilitating social anxiety who is desperate for work. When he applies to Alice's ad for part-time farm help, he's shocked to find himself hired. As an unexpected friendship blossoms among Alice, Jake, and Harry, a nefarious pesticide company moves to town, threatening the local honeybee population and illuminating deep-seated corruption in the community. The unlikely trio must unite for the sake of the bees--and in the process, they just might forge a new future for themselves. Beautifully moving, warm, and uplifting, The Music of Bees is about the power of friendship, compassion in the face of loss, and finding the courage to start over (at any age) when things don't turn out the way you expect.


About the author: Eileen Garvin is a beekeeper and writer living in Hood River, Oregon. Her memoir, How to Be a Sister, was published in 2010. The Music of Bees is her debut novel.


Event date: 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
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The Music of Bees: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593183922
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - April 27th, 2021

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781615190164
Availability: Backordered- Not Available Right Now
Published: The Experiment - April 1st, 2010