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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Author's Day - Boyce Thompson Arboretum - December 6, 2014

Dear Folks,

I and about a dozen other local author's are participating in the BTA's Author's Day this Saturday, December 6th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come on out - we will be discussing and selling our books (books are also available at the BTA store).

Anyone who hikes desert trails - or putters around their yard - has pondered this question: "what critter made that little hole in the ground?" Tourguides who lead our nature walks field that question often; Saturday, Dec. 6, brings your chance to hear answers from the naturalist who quite literally "wrote the book" about desert holes: Pinau Merlin. The Tucson writer is among featured authors during an all-day festival of authors and books; dozens of authors will be there - several are leading walks, lectures and chances to learn first-hand about subjects ranging from birdwatching  (a 9am guided walk guided by Jim Burns), to a 'Desert Holes' guided walk at 1pm with Pinau. There will be readings of kids' books - and even a special walk for photographers at 3:00pm with author Colleen Miniuk-Sperry. Events are included with daily BTA admission of $10 for adults, $5 ages 5-12. Organized to showcase Arizona authors, the Saturday event will feature outdoor activities (readings & talks indoors, in the event of rain). Authors will sell their books - and be available for autographs.

Check BTA's website right before the Dec. 6 event to confirm specific event times; as of early November the schedule features these:
9am bird walk guided by Jim Burns (Arizona Birds)
10a.m. Monster in the Rocks by children's author Conrad Storad
10:30 a.m. Ghost Stories at Silver King and Florence by Jack San Felice  
11a.m. The Piano Player by Tucson writer Carolyn Niethammer
11:30 a.m. Santa's Sugar by children's author Jane Gerencher
12:00 Noon Cooking Demonstration by Carolyn Niethammer (American Indian Cooking, The Prickly Pear Cookbook)
1 p.m. Desert Holes guided walk by Pinau Merlin
1pm Jim Burns gives a talk and reading from his book Owls: Journey Through a Shadowed World
1pm Elizabeth Davidson will read from Cheery, The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog
1:30 p.m. Gary Every reads from Shadow of the OhshaD: A Collection of Arizona Adventures
3:00pm professional photographer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry guides a 3:00 p.m. photography walk, demonstrating how December's golden late afternoon sunlight can be perfect for photography composition. She's co-author of Wild About Photographing Arizona's Wildflowers and other camera primers.

A food vendor will be there for you to purchase lunch!

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady