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Amy Stewart

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Amy Stewart lives in northern California, where she and her husband own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books. She writes books by typing very quickly and loudly on a jet black keyboard that has no letters printed on the keys, proving (to herself, because no one else particularly cares) that she is an excellent touch typist.

When she's not writing books, reading them, or shelving them, she might be painting. You can see examples of her paintings here and here.

You can also find her all over the country speaking to audiences at bookstores, botanical gardens, garden clubs, and college and museum lecture series. To find out if she's coming to your town, visit the Events page of her website.


Four of Amy's books have been New York Times best
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Amy Stewart Hi! In terms of the writing itself, I was very inspired by anything by Mary Roach, anything by Sue Hubbell, and E.B. White's book ONE MAN'S MEAT. That…moreHi! In terms of the writing itself, I was very inspired by anything by Mary Roach, anything by Sue Hubbell, and E.B. White's book ONE MAN'S MEAT. That last one probably sounds like a weird addition, but there is something so beautiful and clear about how E.B. White writes about life in the country, and it just somehow grounded me and calmed me down and got me thinking about the writing in a better way.

Oh, and of course, Michael Pollan's BOTANY OF DESIRE and Susan Orleans' ORCHID THIEF are great examples. Good luck!(less)
Amy Stewart I am working on something new! Girl Waits with Gun is live on Goodreads now--do a search for it and you'll see the snappy red and black cover--and…moreI am working on something new! Girl Waits with Gun is live on Goodreads now--do a search for it and you'll see the snappy red and black cover--and it's very different! It's a novel based on a true story that I stumbled across while working on The Drunken Botanist. I just really fell in love with these women and knew right away that I had to write about them. It'll be out in September and I'm working on book tour plans now!(less)
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What is the point of reviewing a book that already has ten thousand reviews on Goodreads? There isn't one, really, except to do my usual and recommend a drink to go along with it.

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“But gardening is none of that, really. Strip away the gadgets and the techniques, the books and the magazines and the soil test kits, and what you're left with, at the end of the day, is this: a stretch of freshly turned dirt, a handful of seeds scratched into the surface, and a marker to remember where they went. It is at the same time an incredibly brave and an incredibly simple thing to do, entrusting your seeds to the earth and waiting for them to rise up out of the ground to meet you.”
Amy Stewart, From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden

“People here had redwood trees in their backyards. You were never far from the infinite.”
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“The male doesn't eat - it doesn't even have a mouth or an anus - so it does nothing but mate until death.”
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Amy Just found out that The Drunken Botanist is up for a Goodreads Best Books of 2013 award! The voting is open now:

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