Monday, August 04, 2008

One Trip Highlight

Well there is so much to tell about the trip Ray and I just took to Vancouver Canada. The city at first impression seemed a glut of high rises but on further exploration we absolutely fell in love with this metropolitan jewel! One of my favorite finds was a corner of used book stores. As we talked to the owner of a lovely store called Criterion Books he brought out his personal copy of a folio publicaton of The Blue Fairy book by Andrew Lang specially illustrated by local Vancouver artist Charles Van Sandwyk. He told us that we could view and buy his books and prints at the Joyce Williams Gallery. We promptly walked the 9 or so blocks and found some of the most beautiful artwork I've seen in a long time. I purchased Affairs of the Heart and I can't wait to slowly acquire more of this amazing illustrator's work.


Anonymous said...

WOW!! A trip to Vancouver!! Lara, we sure have a common love for books, although you're a much more vicarious (sp.??) reader than I am. I LOVE children's books, and especially childen's book illustrators... Van Sandwyk's website is awesome... I've been collecting books for my little granddaughter, Millie, who is only 16 months old, and for all future grandchildren, for several years now... I can't wait to hold the wee ones on my lap while reading to them, in the years to come!! I just bought a book at Cracker Barrel of all places -- its cover intrigued me -- about Johnny Appleseed (f.y.i. -- his real name was John Chapman, I believe) written & illustrated by Will Moses... He's the great grandson of Grandma Moses, and I believe he and his family still live on the Moses property... he has a neat website, too.

I enjoy your blog so much!!


Kellie said...

Hw did I know you would find the first book store in the city! So glad to hear your trip was a success!

Now I just need to return your phone call!

Margie said...

Hey Lara! I just gave you an award on my blog. Thought you'd like to know - and also wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you!