University Libraries Author Talk with John P. Schaefer

The University of Arizona Libraries is honored to welcome renowned Tucson photographer, author, and University of Arizona President Emeritus John P. Schaefer for our 2023 author talk and signing of his book published with the University of Arizona Press, Desert Jewels: Cactus Flowers of the Southwest and Mexico.

March 6, 2023, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Tucson Botanical Gardens-Porter Hall & Reception Garden, 2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712


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Cactus flowers are jewels of the desert—they add brilliant pops of color to our arid surroundings. In this book, Schaefer brings the exquisite and unexpected beauty of the cactus flower to the page. Hundreds of close-up photographs of cactus flowers native to the U.S. Southwest and Mexico offer a visual feast of color and texture, nuance and light.

These stunning photographs allow us to appreciate the spectacular range of color and form cactus flowers have to offer. The book offers a glimpse into Schaefer’s process for capturing these elusive desert gems. His beautiful photographs were featured as a book of stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

Event details
Registered guests are welcome to visit and tour the Gardens starting at 3 pm.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Registration is required for all guests. Onsite registration the day of the event is not available.

This is an in-person outdoor event and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.
*Payments are processed by the University of Arizona Foundation and $15 qualifies as a tax deductible donation.

About the author
John P. Schaefer had an active twenty-one-year career in teaching and research at the University of Arizona. A conservationist and avid birdwatcher, he helped organize the Tucson Audubon Society and founded the Nature Conservancy in Arizona. In addition to his academic and conservation work, Dr. Schaefer is a skilled photographer and author of several books on photography, including A Desert Illuminated: Cactus Flowers of the Sonoran Desert. He and Ansel Adams founded the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in 1975.

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