Thor Hanson  Biologist & Author


Warfare and Biodiversity Research Featured on German
News Channel Duetsche Welle

An interview with Thor features prominently in Deutsche Welle's recent story on warfare ecology.  Read the full article here.  Read more about warfare and biodiversity conservation here.


Thor Hanson Receives Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Thor is thrilled and deeply honored to receive a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, with supplemental funding from the Leon Levy Foundation.  The award is specifically to support completion of Thor's third book, The Triumph of Seeds, due from Basic Books in 2015.  Read the press release here, and read about Thor on the Guggenheim website here.


Audio Version of FEATHERS Released

An unabridged audio version of Feathers is now available!  Beautifully read by actor Andy Ingalls, the book is available in digital format for all devices from

A Walk in the Winter Woods
Audubon Magazine

From fox tracks to sugary grubs to life beneath the snow, Thor describes the fascinating world of winter ecology in this month's Audubon Magazine.  
Read the article here.

826 Seattle launches 2014 edition of

Thor happily contributed a chapter to this year's edition of WHAT TO READ IN THE RAIN, an anthology compiled every year to benefit the wonderful literary programs at 826 Seattle.  Thor's chapter, The Nest Robbers, tells the story of a research trip to Tanzania's remote Usambara Mountains.  Pick up a copy and support the excellent work of 826 Seattle!

FEATHERS Japanese Translation Released

A beautiful hardcover Japanese edition of FEATHERS hit the shelves in May, 2013.  Korean, Chinese, Turkish, and German translations are also in the works . .

Thor and FEATHERS profiled in The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner talks FEATHERS with Thor following the John Burroughs Medal award ceremony at The American Museum of Natural History.  Read the article here. 

FEATHERS wins The 2013 John Burroughs Medal

Great News!  FEATHERS has just been awarded the 2013 John Burroughs Medal, one of the highest honors in nature writing.  Previous winners include the likes of Rachel Carson, Peter Matthiessen, Bernd Heinrich, Barry Lopez, Ann Zwinger, Roger Tory Peterson, and Robert Michael Pyle, putting Thor and FEATHERS in distinguished company!  Read the press release here.

FEATHERS chosen as an Audubon Magazine
Notable Book of the year

Click here to read the press release at Audubon Magazine


Thor Talks FEATHERS on Radio New Zealand

Click here to hear Thor discuss FEATHERS with Simon Morton on Radio New Zealand's award winning science program, This Way Up.

FEATHERS Nominated for Samuel Johnson Prize

Fantastic news - FEATHERS has been long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the UK's most prestigious non-fiction award!  Other names on the list include the likes of Salman Rushdie, Steven Pinker, and Daniel Kahneman, putting FEATHERS in great company.  Read about FEATHERS and the award in the BBC Online, The Telegraph, The Guardian, or on the Samuel Johnson Prize website.

Thor Talks FEATHERS on NPR's Fresh Air and Fresh Air Weekend

Click HERE to listen to Thor's interview on Fresh Air!

Thor Talks FEATHERS in Reader's Digest

The September 2012 issue of Reader's Digest features a photo essay on feathers, accompanied by an interview with Thor.  Read it HERE.

FEATHERS Paperback Goes to Fourth Printing

Based on continuing demand, Basic Books has announced a fourth printing of the FEATHERS paperback.  Stay tuned for updates as FEATHERS rolls on . . .

FEATHERS Paperback Release

After selling out four printings in hardcover, Thor's award-winning FEATHERS is now available in a trade paperback edition from Basic Books.  The paperback preserves the striking cover design and includes all original content plus reviews and updates.  Look for it on store shelves in late July, 2013 . . .

FEATHERS Excerpt Featured in Audubon Magazine

The winter 2012 issue of Audubon Magazine features a long excerpt from FEATHERS, accompanied by Robert Clark's gorgeous photography.  Read the article HERE.


FEATHERS wins 2012 PNBA and AAAS/Subaru SB&F Awards

Thor Hanson's FEATHERS recently received two distinguished literary honors, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Writing.  Click on the logos below for more information.


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