Best Author Orange County 2013 - Peggy Hesketh
A writing and rhetoric teacher at UC Irvine, Hesketh's first novel, Telling the Bees (G.P. Putnam) was inspired by the notorious 1983 Bee Lady murders in Anaheim. More than 15 years in the making, it's an intriguing, well-researched page turner about a lonely beekeeper, working as both a mournful eulogy for a solitary life and an Orange County that has long since disappeared. Heavy with information about bees—think whaling and Moby Dick—the novel also brings about a new appreciation for our little buzzing pollinators at a time when the news of colony collapse from environmental toxins seems ever-present.