BEE PEOPLE AND THE BUGS THEY LOVE (Kensington Books; HC, $25.00; March 30, 2021), is publishing just ahead of Earth Day. The book is author Frank Mortimer’s journey from bee-curious to Master Beekeeper, and how a childhood fascination of the industrious bee led the author to become a seasoned, certified master responsible for the productive survival of his own backyard hives.

• “Mortimer intersperses useful facts about his passion in a successful and funny book that is sure to swell the ranks of the world’s beekeepers.” – New York Times Book Review
• “Author Frank Mortimer, aka Frank the Bee Man, writes a very entertaining book about his venture into beekeeping.” American Bee Journal

Bumbling along from hobbyist to expert, Mortimer – aka “Frank the Bee Man” – learns the hard way about the frequently misunderstood, always rewarding pastime of cultivating bees, attending to and growing their colonies, and aiding them in honey production.

BEE PEOPLE swarms with buzzy facts about the seeming peculiarities of beekeepers by relating his own transformation and introducing you to his fellow beekeepers. Bees require commitment, practice, attention, and following the advice of more experienced beekeepers – which many “new-bees” fail to do.

As he takes his obsession to the next level on his way to becoming a certified Bee Person, Mortimer’s world quickly expands. His affinity for bees naturally extends to what blooms in his backyard, how bees communicate (watch their waggling bee butts), and following the unbreakable rules of beekeeping, gleaned over millennia.