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Nancy's Bookshelf: Author Melina Sempill Watts Explains The Roots of Tree


Melina Sempill Watts' debut novel, “Tree,” is about a California Live Oak narrated by the tree itself. The novel uses magical realism as a key to access the emotions of the species that share one pristine valley in Topanga, California. Grass, birds, other trees and animals come to life in this book.

The author’s work has appeared in Sierra Magazine, the New York Times, Earth Island Journal and Sunset Magazine. 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. Watts graduated from UCLA with a degree in history. She lives in California.

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Nancy Wiegman has a master's degree in French linguistics from Indiana University and taught yoga and foreign languages at CSU Fresno and the College of Charleston before moving to Chico in 1990.