In Bloom at WORD: Botanical Atrocities and Plants of Desire

July 20, 2009

hothousewickedplantssmGreen thumb alert! We’re digging in to discuss plants tomorrow night at the bookstore – wicked, dangerous, intoxicating and deadly botanical creatures.  We’ll hear from two authors, or as we like to call them – plant goddesses!

Amy Stewart has written a spectacular guide to the baddest buds around: Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities. (You may have seen or heard about the related exhibit currently at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden?) Margot Berwin has written a fantastic debut novel full of adventure, scorpions, rare plants and magic that stretches from the Union Square Green Market all the way to Mexico: Hothouse Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire. (You may have heard that Julia Roberts will star as main character Lila in the film version of this magical story?!)

We asked Amy and Margot to join us for a conversation about plants and their powers, both real and imagined – in literature and in real life. Both authors will read a bit from their botanical themed books, and then Algonquin editor Andra Miller will lead a discussion that is sure to prove entertaining.

Here are the book trailers – take a peek, and hope to see you tomorrow for Wicked Hot Plant Night at WORD!

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