Tucson Festival of Books

Melissa Sevigny

Alexis Knapp

Sponsored by Ruth Dickstein

Melissa L. Sevigny is a science journalist at KNAU (Arizona Public Radio). She has worked in water policy, sustainable agriculture and space exploration. She is the author of "Brave the Wild River," "Under Desert Skies" and "Mythical River." She lives in Flagstaff, Ariz. 

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Awards: Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers

Communities: Arizona Author

Scheduled events:
Unearthing Legacies
Embark on a captivating journey as you hear the authors tell two remarkable stories. Discover the trailblazing life of Marjorie Ferguson Lambert, a pioneer in southwestern archaeology, and then brace yourself for the daring 1938 expedition of botanists Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter as they braved the treacherous Colorado River. Learn about these untold adventures and resilience of these women that helped shape the American West.

WNPA Stage (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nature / Environment
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Melissa Sevigny, Shelby Tisdale
Moderator: Marie Buck
Western Vistas
A twentieth-century view of the West from authors who have traveled its terrain from the High Plains to the Grand Canyon floor.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Will Grant, Betsy Gaines Quammen, Melissa Sevigny
Moderator: Tom Zoellner

Brave the Wild River
The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
W. W. Norton, Incorporated
May 2023
ISBN 9780393868234
304 pages
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Under Desert Skies
How Tucson Mapped the Way to the Moon and Planets
Nature / Environment
University of Arizona Press
February 2016
ISBN 9781941451045
172 pages