Announcing a new historical fiction novel by award-winning author, Rob Swigart. His book, Mixed Harvest: Stories of the Human Past (Berghan Books, January 2020) is an excavation into the deep past of human development and its consequences through a series of unforgettable stories. Through a first encounter between a Neanderthal woman and the Modern Human she called Traveler, to the emergence and destruction of the world’s first cities, Mixed Harvest tells the tale of the Sedentary Divide, the most significant event since modern humans emerged.
Mixed Harvest is perfect for those who love history as well as those who want to learn more about history but have found it boring in the past. It’s engaging and heartwarming storytelling keeps readers interested from start to finish and allows them to learn about the history of humans in the process. Knowing our past is important in shaping our future, and these stories can help on the road to gaining that wisdom.
In an interview, Rob Swigart discusses
His background in archeology and how it lead to Mixed Harvest
His refusal to “write between the lines” and how his strong commitment to sustainability, and lessons we can learn from our forebears, has influenced his writing
How Mixed Harvest expertly balances history and fiction
How his previous novels and academic writing prepared him for Mixed Harvest
Why learning about human history is important for today
His varied experiences as a technology journalist, technical writer, computer game designer, poet, futurist, pilot, diver and aikido black belt.
Mixed Harvest humanizes the rapid transition to agriculture and pastoralism with a grounding in the archaeological record.
ABOUT ROB SWIGART
Former technology journalist, technical writer, computer game designer, poet, futurist, archaeology writer, pilot, diver, aikido black belt, parent, rumpus room manager. Current fiction writer, grandparent, and sometime urban rambler.