Erich the read
January 15th, 2015
Author of sixteen books, mostly pertaining to whales, starting with Orca: The Whale Called Killer (Dutton, New York, 1981) based on seven years of research in B.C., Erich Hoyt has written for The Guardian, Sunday (London) Times, New York Times, Equinox, National Geographic and Canadian Geographic based on various expeditions. largely in British Columbia, including main or cover stories on South Moresby Island and Ninstints in the Queen Charlotte Islands; Steller sea lions; Nimpkish Island (“In search of Canada’s tallest trees”) and others. Awarded a Vannevar Bush Fellowship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 1985-86, he spent several years in Cambridge, Massachusetts before moving to Scotland in 1989, followed by Dorset, England in 2013. His work and interests have been based mainly around the Pacific Rim, including work in the Russian Far East, Japan and B.C. Three of his adult nonfiction books, The Earth Dwellers, Insect Lives, and Orca: The Whale Called Killer have been optioned for films. He was associate producer on the feature documentary The Last Ocean, produced and directed by Peter Young in 2013. Currently he is writing the script for Silent Paddles.