Bill McNamara will read from his Collected Poems: the Later Years

  • Posted on: 14 May 2022
  • By: readersbooks

Bill McNamara, author of Collected Poems: the Later Years, will be at Readers' Books on Wednesday, July 13th. There will be a 5:30 reception followed by a 6:00 reading. As both an accomplished horticulturalist and a poet, Bill has celebrated the natural world with sincerity and humor. Well-known for his expeditions and plant discoveries in Asia, Bill has published multiple articles on the botany of wild Asia and continues to lecture widely. In 2019, after retiring from the role of Executive Director of the Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen (now the Sonoma Botanical Garden), Bill was able to shift his focus to his poems, which reflect his unbound love for nature, whether from the high peaks of Tibet or the wild flowers of the Valley of the Moon. Through the poems, one can follow McNamara in his plant expeditions, reflect with him on the passing of time, share his love for his wife Joanna – who illustrated the book – and mourn the destruction of nature. The poems are imbued with the author’s keen sense of observation and playful love of language.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
130 E Napa St.
Sonoma, CA 95476