Environmental/Media consultant and author,
Sempill Watts with host Karyn Foley at the Calabasas Library
discussing her book, "Tree".
is a novel about a tree written from a unique point of view: the chief
narrator is a tree. Tree uses magical realism as a key to access the
interrelated emotional realities of the many species that share one
pristine valley in Topanga, California. Grass, birds, other trees and
animals come to life on the pages, while one 19th century Mexican woman
and one 20th century school boy, hearts opened by grief and loneliness,
come to know one California live oak whose 229 years span the evolution
of four human civilizations, Chumash, Spanish/Mexican, Yankee and new
money Hollywood, which each leave their mark upon the landscape and upon
Tree. Take a journey into the heart of the woods where every plant
shines Tree will change how you see nature.
Sempill Watts' writing has appeared in Sierra
Magazine, the New York Times motherlode blog, Earth Island Journal and
Sunset Magazine, in local environmental venues such as Urban Coast:
Journal of the Center for the Study of the Santa Monica Bay, the Heal
the Bay blog and in local papers such as Malibu Times, Malibu Surfside
News, VC Reporter, Topanga Messenger and Argonaut News.
Watts began her career
in Hollywood as a development executive, writing consultant and story
analyst working for such luminaries Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and
Peter Horton and at Dreamworks. She has worked as a watershed
coordinator, run a stable, shelved books at a library and created,
marketed and ran Starfish Catering. Watts graduated from UCLA with a
degree in history.
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