Mark L. Winston is the recipient of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction for his book Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive. One of the world’s leading experts on bees and pollination, Dr. Winston has had an illustrious career researching, teaching and writing on bees and agriculture, environmental issues and science policy. He directed Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue for 12 years, where he achieved international recognition as a distinguished Canadian educator concentrating in creating leadership development opportunities for students that contribute to social change in communities.
As a consultant and thought leader, he partners with universities, corporations, non-profits, governments and communities to advance communication skills, engage public audiences with controversial issues through dialogue, and implement experiential learning and community engagement in educational institutions. As an award-winning writer and editor, Dr. Winston works with students as well as scientists, other professionals and writers to develop proposals and manuscripts for non-fiction writing, from newspaper opinion pieces to books.
He currently is a Professor and Senior Fellow in Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, and a Professor of Biological Sciences.
“Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive” has won the 2015 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction.
“In his exquisite Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, Mark L. Winston distills a life’s devotion to the study of bees into a powerful and lyrical meditation on humanity. This compelling book inspires us to reevaluate our own relationships both with each other and the natural world. Vital reading for our time.” Jury Statement, Governor-General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, 2015
Interview on CBC North by Northwest with Sheryl Mackay 7 November 2015
Interview on CBC The Current with Anna Marie Tremonti 10 November 2015
Global Civic Policy Salon, “Bees and Dialogue,” video 4 May 2016
Seven months on national bestseller lists, including four weeks as the number one bestselling non-fiction book in Canada