A GARDENER AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Margot Anne Kelley

Thu May 23 2024 at 05:00 pm to 06:00 pm UTC-04:00

Beacon Hill Books & Cafe | Boston

Beacon Hill Books & Cafe
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A GARDENER AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Margot Anne Kelley
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Join us for a reading, conversation, and signing with Margot Anne Kelley in celebration of her memoir A GARDENER AT THE END OF THE WORLD.
About this Event

About the Book:

In March 2020, Margot Anne Kelley was watching seeds germinate in her greenhouse. At high risk from illness, the planning, planting, and tending to seedlings took on extra significance. She set out to make her pandemic garden thrive but also to better understand the very nature of seeds and viruses.

As seeds became seedlings, became plants, became food, Kelley looks back over the last few millennia as successions of pandemics altered human beings and global culture. Seeds and viruses serve as springboards for wide-ranging reflections, such as their shared need for someone to transport them, the centrality of movement to being alive, and the domestication of plants as an act of becoming co-dependent.

Pandemic viruses only occurred through humankind's settling down, taking up agriculture, and giving up a nomadic life. And yet it's the garden that now provides a refuge and a source of life, inspiration, and hope. A Gardener at the End of the World explores questions of what we can preserve--of history, genetic biodiversity, culture, language--and what we cannot. It is for any reader curious about the overlap of nature, science, and history.

About the Author:

Margot Anne Kelley is a writer and photographer whose work focuses on the natural world. Kelley has been growing vegetables and herbs for over twenty years; currently, she does so in Midcoast Maine, where long summer days and strategic plant choices help make up for the shortness of the season.

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Beacon Hill Books & Cafe, 71 Charles Street, Boston, United States

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