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The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art by Wynne Brown.
University of Nebraska Press. (November 2021)
2022 WILLA Literary Award Winner in Creative Nonfiction
2022 Spur Award for Best Western Biography
2022 New Mexico-Arizona Award for Best Anthology
2022 New Mexico-Arizona Award
Best Cover Design, 6 x 9
2022 Arizona Authors Association
Best Published Nonfiction
2022 Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick
2022 National Federation of Press Women
Honorable Mention for Best Biography/History
The Forgotten Botanist chronicles Sara Lemmon’s remarkable life, in which she and husband John Gill Lemmon found new plant species in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Mexico and traveled throughout the Southwest with such friends as John Muir and Clara Barton. Sara also found time to work as a journalist and as an activist in women’s suffrage and forest conservation.
The Forgotten Botanist is a timeless tale about a woman who discovered who she was by leaving everything behind. Her inspiring story is one of resilience, determination, and courage—and is as relevant to our nation today as it was in her own time.
Wynne’s most recent recorded presentation about the Sara Plummer Lemmon Project was March 2, 2023, for the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records. You can listen to that event here.
You can hear Wynne’s Sept. 1, 2022, presentation for Sky Island Alliance here.
Her February 3, 2022, presentation for the Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society is here.
Another presentation, “A Mountain Named For Her,” available on YouTube here, traces Wynne’s research journey with information about the specific tools, trials, and tribulations. It’s a re-recording of the February 24, 2022, talk she gave as part of her Spring 2022 Pima County Public Library Writer in Residence.
She also read a selection from the book during the November 5, 2021, book launch here.
Remarkable Arizona Women, Third edition. (TwoDot/ Globe Pequot Press, 2022)
Third edition of the book previously titled More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Arizona Women. This new edition includes chapters on three additional women: Laura Kerman, Tohono O’odham folk artist, teacher, and seed saver; Ayra Hackett, Phoenix-based Black journalist and newspaper owner; and Sara Plummer Lemmon, 1800’s botanist and artist.
Cave Creek Canyon: Revealing the Heart of Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, Second Edition, edited by Wynne Brown and Reed Peters. (ECO Wear & Co., Rodeo, N.M., 2019).
A 283-page, profusely illustrated guide book to the natural and cultural history of one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, written by 43 local experts.
Winner of awards from Public Lands Alliance (Publication of the Year), Arizona Authors Association (Best Nonfiction), Arizona Professional Writers (Best Edited Book) and Finalist in New Mexico and Arizona Book Awards (Travel Book and Anthology categories).
Click here to download a one-page sell-sheet.
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Arizona Women. Globe Pequot (February 2012).
Second edition released in honor of Arizona’s Centennial with updated material and two new chapters (Third edition coming Fall 2022!)
Trail Riding Arizona: Guide to Fifty of the State’s Best Rides. Falcon Guide (June 2006).
“Author Wynne Brown breaks down those miles and seasons for long-distance riders, beginners, and snowbirds alike. But this book isn’t just for horse people. Each section includes snippets about the area’s history, archeology, geology, and ecology that hikers, trail runners, naturalists, and armchair explorers will enjoy as much as trail riders. Handy tips on desert and mountain riding, plus maps, many photographs, and excellent information about facilities and access, make this a must-have guide for all trail users in Arizona.”
Spilled: A Collection by The Dry River Poets. Casa Luna Press (December 2011). Edited and designed by Wynne Brown, contributor. Click for sample pages.
From the back cover: “Here are eight Arizona poets who’ve been working together for years honing their skills, poets committed to shaping the matter of their real lives into music—eight accomplished pets writing poems that are bell-clear, writing poems made out of the memories and passions that haunt them, the moments that have shaped them and defined them …”
— Steve Kowit
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Arizona Women. Globe Pequot (2003).
First edition: Heavily discounted copies available
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