The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin

Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 7:00pm


Three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm

where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it. 


Auntie's is pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Spokane native, Eileen Garvin to discuss her book The Music of Bees!


 Suitably, this event will be held at The Hive, Spokane Public Library's cutting edge artist residency and community meeting space. 

This event is free and open to the public. The Hive is conveniently located on the 90 bus line and has free on-site parking. 


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About the book

Forty-four-year-old Alice Holtzman is stuck in a dead-end job, bereft of family, and now reeling from the unexpected death of her husband. Alice has begun having panic attacks whenever she thinks about how her life hasn't turned out the way she dreamed. Even the beloved honeybees she raises in her spare time aren't helping her feel better these days. 

In the grip of a panic attack, she nearly collides with Jake--a troubled, paraplegic teenager with the tallest mohawk in Hood River County--while carrying 120,000 honeybees in the back of her pickup truck. Charmed by Jake's sincere interest in her bees and seeking to rescue him from his toxic home life, Alice surprises herself by inviting Jake to her farm. 

And then there's Harry, a twenty-four-year-old with debilitating social anxiety who is desperate for work. When he applies to Alice's ad for part-time farm help, he's shocked to find himself hired. As an unexpected friendship blossoms among Alice, Jake, and Harry, a nefarious pesticide company moves to town, threatening the local honeybee population and illuminating deep-seated corruption in the community. The unlikely trio must unite for the sake of the bees--and in the process, they just might forge a new future for themselves. 

Beautifully moving, warm, and uplifting, The Music of Bees is about the power of friendship, compassion in the face of loss, and finding the courage to start over (at any age) when things don't turn out the way you expect.


About the author

Born and raised in Spokane, Eileen Garvin lives in Hood River, Oregon. Her essays have appeared with Medium, The Oregonian,, and Creative Non-Fiction Magazine. Eileen’s memoir, How to Be a Sister, was published in 2010. How to Be a Sister was named an Indie Next by IndieBound and was chosen as a Target Book of the Month and a Kindle Book of the Month. Eileen’s debut novel, The Music of Bees, was published in April 2021. A national best-seller, The Music of Bees was named a Good Morning America Buzz Pick, a Good Housekeeping Book Club Pick, a People Magazine Best New Book, a Washington Post Best Summer Read, an IndieNext Pick, and more. Eileen and her husband share their home with a fearless calico, a passionate mutt, four chickens, and about sixty thousand honeybees.

About The Hive

The Hive™ is a non-traditional library centered around arts education and free, public event space—no books or computers here! It is also home to the administrative offices for Spokane Virtual Learning and the Library’s Artists-In-Residence Program. At this time, access is by reservation only or during pre-scheduled programs.


Event address: 
2904 E Sprague Ave
Spoken, WA 99202
The Music of Bees: A Novel By Eileen Garvin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593183939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - April 26th, 2022