BOOKS: Exploring the wonder of seeds

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds support diets, economies, lifestyles and civilizations.

Thor Hanson, an award-winning conservation biologist, Guggenheim Fellow, Switzer Environmental Fellow, and member of the Human Ecosystems Study Group, whose books include “Feathers” and “The Impenetrable Forest,” talks about and shows slides from his newest book, “The Triumph of Seeds,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

In this book, Hanson builds on his own triumph in “Feathers” to explore seeds as both a natural and a human phenomenon. Spanning locations from Raccoon Lodge, Hanson’s backyard writing hideout-cum-laboratory, to the coffee plantations of the Amazon, from backyard gardens to the spice routes of Kerala, “The Triumph of the Seeds” is a book of knowledge, adventure and wonder by a writer who embodies both the charm of stories told by the fireside and the hard-won expertise of a professor of field biology.

Hanson lives with his wife and son on San Juan Island. More about Hanson at thorhanson.net.