Writer Douglas Whynott, author of the new book The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family’s Quest for the Sweetest Harvest, will be giving a reading and a talk at The Bookloft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Sunday, March 9th at 4pm.
The Sugar Season follows one New England family as they work to preserve an ancient, lucrative, and threatened agricultural art—the harvesting of maple syrup—and explore how one of America’s oldest agricultural crafts evolved from a quaint enterprise with “sugar parties” to a modern industry. At a sugarhouse owned by maple syrup entrepreneur Bruce Bascom, 80,000 gallons of sap are processed daily at winter’s end. In The Sugar Season, Douglas Whynott follows Bascom through one tumultuous season, taking us deep into the sugarbush. Along the way, he reveals the inner workings of the multimillion-dollar maple sugar industry.
Whynott brings us to sugarhouses, were we learn the myriad subtle flavors of syrup and how it’s assigned a grade. He examines the unusual biology of the maple tree that makes syrup possible and explores the maples’—and the industry’s—chances for survival.
Douglas Whynott is also the author of Giant Bluefin, Following the Bloom—Across America with the Migratory Beekeepers, and A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time: Joel White’s Last Boat, and is an assistant professor at Emerson College in Boston. In 2013 via a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation he taught literary journalism and nonfiction writing in the U.S. Studies Center at Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Colombia. He also has taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and Columbia University.
For more information about Douglas Whynott,
Douglas Whynott on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 4pm. The Bookloft is located at the Barrington Plaza (332 Stockbridge Rd/Route 7) in Great Barrington. Call (413) 528-1521(413) 528-1521 for more information.