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Show Me the Honey
Adventures of an Accidental Apiarist
By (author): Dave Doroghy Foreword by: Rick Hansen
Dave Doroghy ,

Foreword by :

Rick Hansen


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Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Apr 28, 2020
$25.00 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 1 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

320 pages


colour photo section
TouchWood Editions
NATURE / Animals / Insects & Spiders

Winner of a 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Award
"If you think beekeeping is a quick and easy shortcut to wealth, this book will set you straight. . ." —New York Times

A lighthearted, self-deprecating account of one fledgling beekeeper’s misadventures. With wit and warning in equal measure, this informative, refreshingly honest narrative will resonate with any new beekeeper.

When Dave Doroghy’s sister gave him 15,000 honey bees as a Christmas gift, his practical knowledge of beekeeping would have fit on the proverbial backend of an Apis mellifera. He spent the next two years learning everything he needed to know to keep that beehive alive and well—he attended a beekeeping conference, joined a bee club, and even went to bee school. But bad things still happened—he sustained multiple stings, wasps attacked his hive, he fought an ongoing battle with killer varroa mites, and even lost his queen—twice!

In Show Me the Honey Doroghy recounts his often tension-filled misadventures in beekeeping with self-deprecating humour and lightheartedness. Whether it’s the impending chaos of transferring tens of thousands of insects to an outyard, the horror of discovering bees on the inside of his beekeeping suit, or just wondering if he will end up with even an ounce of honey for all his efforts, Doroghy shares the joy, the surprises, and the less-acknowledged financial sting of keeping bees. Above all, he relishes in the details of keeping a hive and getting to know the fascinating little creatures that inhabit those mysterious wooden boxes.

Dave Doroghy has worked in radio broadcasting and advertising, and has spent the last 30 years in sports marketing. He was the Vice President of the former NBA Vancouver Grizzlies and more recently the Director of Sponsorship Sales for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Dave now lives on a floating home just outside of the city, where he raises bees and blogs about it at houseboathoney.com. He is the co-author of 111 Places in Vancouver You Must Not Miss.

Rick Hansen is the Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation and a passionate supporter of people with disabilities in Canada. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for his epic 26-month, 34-country, 40,000-km wheelchair trip around the world to prove the potential of people with disabilities and raise funds for spinal cord injury research.

Media + Publicity:
  • Working with ZG Communications on this title to obtain print features, excerpts, and review coverage in Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Province, Vancouver Magazine, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC Books, The Georgia Straight, Reader’s Digest, Quill & Quire, Maclean's, ZOOMER, CBC’s On the Coast (Gloria Macarenko), CBC’s The Next Chapter (Shelagh Rogers), CBC’s Early Edition (Stephen Quinn), CBC National (Ian Hanomansing), CBC Syndication, CKNW’s Simi Sara Show, Vancouver Global, Vancouver Breakfast Television, Vancouver CTV Morning
  • Subject specific print features, excerpts and review coverage in HiveLights, Apiary Magazine, Bee Culture, American Bee Journal Magazine and regional beekeeping journals and newsletters
  • Direct marketing outreach to beekeeping and Apiarist organizations, including bee clubs across North America. Doroghy is interested in travelling to speak to such clubs
  • Tourism agencies across North America
Marketing + Promo:
  • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast and television interviews
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
  • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
  • Outreach to travel and tourism organizations
Advertising and Giveaways
  • Shelf Awareness PRO 2nd Insertion ad booked January 2, 2020: advertising giveaway of 40 print ARCs and unlimited digital ARCs to booksellers, librarians, reviewers, review publications
  • Shelf Awareness Readers 2nd Insertion ad booked April 28, 2020 (pub date) targeting readers
Marketing + Promo Deliverables
  • Print ARCs available January
  • Electronic ARC
  • Postcards
  • Online banner
  • Press release
  • Book trailer
BISAC Codes:
  • NAT017000   NATURE / Animals / Insects & Spiders
  • TEC003100   TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Beekeeping
  • BIO026000   BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
BISAC Regional Themes
  • North America
THEMA Subject Codes
  • DNC    Memoirs
  • TVHH   Apiculture (beekeeping)

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