A luminous, sweeping survey of winter.
Vancouver, BC – Greystone Books has acquired World English Language rights to Winterlust: Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season by esteemed writer and author Bernd Brunner.
Bernd Brunner, an acclaimed science, history, and literary writer, offers a luminous, sweeping survey of winter, spanning from ancient traditions to modern pastimes, and profiling fascinating creatures and people who endure winter’s harshest expression.
In Winterlust, a farmer painstakingly photographs 5,000 snowflakes, each one dramatically different from the next. Indigenous peoples thrive on frozen terrain, where famous explorers perish. Icicles reach deep underwater, then explode. Rooms warmed by crackling fires fill with the scents of cinnamon, cloves, and pine. Skis carve into powdery slopes, and iceboats traverse glacial lakes. This lovingly illustrated meditation on winter entwines the spectacular with the everyday, expertly capturing the essence of a beloved yet dangerous season, which is all the more precious in an era of climate change.
Greystone Books is proud to release Winterlust in Fall 2019.
Bernd Brunner’s writings have appeared in publications around the world including Lapham's Quarterly, The Paris Review Daily, Aeon, and Quartz. Of his many books, his latest, Birdmania, was praised by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, amongst others. An alumnus of the Logan Nonfiction Program, Brunner divides his time between Istanbul and Berlin.
Greystone Books is a trade book publisher that focuses on high-quality nonfiction. Greystone is based in Vancouver, Canada, with offices in the UK and United States.
Advance Praise for Winterlust
“A wonderful read and fascinating study of the coldest time of the year—Brunner adds warmth to this subject. I only regret this invaluable book was not available during my own research.” —New York Times bestseller Bob Eckstein, author of The Illustrated History of the Snowman
“A wonder-filled journey through humanity’s multifaceted relationships with this most endangered of seasons. Brunner’s explorations reveal how we shape and are shaped by the environments in which we live.” —David George Haskell, author of The Songs of Trees and Pulitzer finalist, The Forest Unseen.
“Many people in the modern world do their best to push winter away with their thermostats, shopping malls and annual escapes to sunnier climes. Brunner masterfully does in words what resilient and adventurous people have done in their lives for centuries; he finds beauty in blizzards and ice and the crystallized enchantment of snow.” —Dan Egan, Pulitzer finalist and author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes