Books in Bloom welcomes lifelong Missouri and Arkansas naturalist Kent Bonar.
Editors who compile florilegia (to use the plural form) can be thought of as gathering a bouquet of sweet literary blossoms. English speakers picked up florilegium from a New Latin word that derives from Latin florilegus, which can be translated as “culling flowers.”
An Arkansas Florilegium is a late-flowering extension of the work initiated sixty years ago with University of Arkansas botanist, Edwin B. Smith’s first entries in his pioneering Atlas and Annotated List of the Vascular Plants of Arkansas. Kent Bonar hiked around the woods surrounding his Newton County home with Smith’s Atlas in hand entering hundreds upon hundreds of meticulous illustrations into Smith’s work. An Arkansas Florilegium brings Smith’s and Bonar’s knowledge and lifelong diligence to the world in this unique mix of art, science, and Arkansas saga.
The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation sponsors Books in Bloom and is thrilled to include Kent Bonar on this year’s author roster.