Douglas Whynott

Selected Works

"Who knew that behind the calendar image lay a veritable factory of the woods, a big business fraught with striving and skulduggery and interesting characters. In Doug Whynott's graceful hands, this story about a maple syrup manufacturer and dealer becomes an intersection of subjects: of technology and business, American history and climate change, friendship and family.”—Tracy Kidder, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains and co-author of Good Prose
"Biography and autobiography, popular science and travel writing, the history of beekeeping and the natural history of bees... Whynott excites our wonder."
The New York Times Book Review
"Whynott portrays these 'true sons of the whalers of old' with sympathy and understanding in a book filled with depth and drama."
–Andrea Barrett, Outside
"Whynott's attention transcends his ostensible subject until it becomes a profound look at the human condition."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Probably the best introduction to veterinary life since James Herriot."

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March 10, 2015, Tuesday, 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
"Friendship in Books" Writers Talks at the Sarah Orne Jewett House
Berwick, Maine
Reading, Q&A, followed by a Reception

March 19, 2015, Thursday, 6:00
Reading and Q&A, Visiting Writers Series
University of Maine, Farmington


September 27, 2014
Keynote address, annual meeting
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Londonderry
(Great time speaking, managed to get the slide show working, and I received a handsome Forest Society vest)

July 22, 2014@​7:00
Reading and Q&A
Jesup Library, Bar Harbor, ME
(fantastic old library)

July 8@​6:30
Reading and Q&A
Gilford Public Library, Gilford, NH
(wonderful group--Bruce Bascom's aunt was present)

May 7 @​7:00, 2014
Talk and Reading
Beacon Hill Friends House, Boston, MA
(I really enjoyed speaking at this lovely old home and the place I stay when in Boston)

April 22, 2014
CBS This Morning Show with Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell
(Six foot tall book covers on the set; I like that.)

April 10, 2014
Radio Boston, WBUR-NPR
(So much enjoyed talking with Anthony Brooks, whose reports I've admired)

April 9, 2014
"The Sugar Season Dinner"
with fantastic Chef Christopher Prosperi, MetroBis Restaurant, Simsbury, CT
(A maple-themed and wine dinner--never had so much fun signing books...)

April 7, 2014 @​ 7:00
Reading and Q&A
Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA
(such a pleasure to read in Boston, with Emerson students and colleagues present)

April 2, 2014 @​ 7:00
Reading and Q&A
Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, NH
(a New Hampshire crowd that really knew its maple syrup lore)

April 3, 2014 @​5:30 EST
KCRW-NPR, Los Angeles, "Good Food," with Evan Kleiman
(Cool, maple syrup talk with folks in LA)

March 24, 2014 @​ 7:00
Reading, talk, signing: RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH
(What a superb bookstore in one of the nicest New England cities)

March 24, 2014@​5:00
KUOW-NPR, Seattle, with Marcie Stillman

March 20, 2014
"Maine Calling," Maine Public Radio
(two maple experts and me, all talking syrup)

March 19, 2014 @​ 7:05 p.m.
John Maciel, KW Magazine, CKWR-FM, Kitchener, Ontarioj
(You know they like to talk maple in Ontario, fun interview)

March 16, 2014 @​ 1:00
Reading, Q&A, signing: The Toadstool Bookshop, Keene, NH
(Love the Toadstool near my home town--support independent bookstores!)

March 11, 2014 @​9:20 a.m.
"McGraw Milhaven Live," KTRS Radio, St. Louis, MO
(always like talking to these smooth and friendly radio interviewers)

March 9, 2014 @​ 4:00
Reading, Q&A: The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MA
(Another great bookstore in the Berkshires--the owner even gave me a dozen eggs from his own chickens; he had me sign his copies of Following the Bloom and Giant Bluefin too.)

March 9, 2014
"On Point" WBUR, NPR in Boston.
(Interviewing with Tom Ashbrook is like playing jazz with a master--all the right notes at just the right time, with the song ending on exactly the right beat!)

March 6, 2014 @​ 7:00
Reading, Q&A. signing: Odyssey Books, South Hadley, MA
(Another great independent bookstore that I used to inhabit when I taught at Mount Holyoke; great to return and see some old friends)

March 6, 2014:
Wisconsin Public Radio, "The Joy Cardin Show"
(Enjoyed talking for an entire hour with Joy about syrup and Wisconsin sugaring)

March 4, 2014: 7:45 a.m.
Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones, WCQB-AM and WHNC-AM, Raleigh, NC, and throughout the day on
(One very engaging and enthusiastic interviewer)

March 4 @​ 1:00-2:00 p.m.
"Midday with Dan Rodriks," WYPR-NPR, Baltimore, MD
(Great time; a syrup maker from the mountains of Maryland came on with me)

March 3 2014 @​11:00-noon
"All Sides with Ann Fisher," WOSU-NPR, Ohio
(Enjoyed talking with a great interviewer in a true maple state)

February 23, 2014 2014 all week:
"Viewpoints Public Affairs Radio," Mediatracks Communications