Books, books, books!

Books, books, books!

Greetings from our gallery bookstore!

We all know that Laurie Swim is an exceptional fine artist, but did you also know that she has written several books? We're featuring just two here and we're betting you can think of someone on your list who will love them! Get ready to cross off a few of those items!

Hope and Survival: A Story of the Halifax Explosion

Left: Hope and Survival: A Story of the Halifax Explosion by Laurie Swim (hardcover) $35.00

Right: "Christmas Tree" ~ one of nine original artworks created as illustrations for the book.

This new children’s book was written and illustrated by Laurie Swim to accompany the monumental community art quilt project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

Hope and Survival tells the story of Jess, a young girl caught up in the aftermath of the disaster. It is richly illustrated with Laurie’s unique quilt art, on snow-dyed fabric, and the book acknowledges the legacy of hope and survival that continues to this day. It is a beautifully original gift — perfect for those young and young in spirit.

Each book is personally signed by Laurie. Available in our gallery, Lexicon Books in Lunenburg, Jennifer's of Nova Scotia, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and many other fine bookstores across Nova Scotia. Or visit our online bookstore to order!

Hardcover, 48 pages, published June 2017

Reviews of Hope and Survival With the right approach, learning about historic catastrophes can give kids a glimmer of hope when they overhear heavy adult discussions about world events...[Hope and Survival allows] young readers to contrast Explosion-era Halifax with the rebuilt Halifax they know today. Atlantic Books Today

This beautiful and impactful picture book, with quilt-art illustrations, tells a fictional story woven together from true accounts of events on that fateful day. The experiences of 11-year-old Jess and her family remind readers of the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive. Canadian Children's Book Centre

Rags to Riches: The Quilt as Art

Rags to Riches: The Quilt as Art by Laurie Swim

Left: hardcover $35.00

Right: softcover $20.00

In Rags to Riches: the Quilt as Art, with an introduction by acclaimed artist Mary Pratt, Laurie Swim tells her personal and professional story in pictorial appliqué. Laurie's charming account of the conception and creation of her art is detailed in this 96-page book.

Available in soft or hard cover, each book comes personally signed by Laurie. Click to visit our online bookstore to get yours!

Reviews of Rags to Riches It is beautifully laid out and written...the photography is superb. Halifax Chronicle Herald

Every time someone picks it up from our coffee table they marvel at your work and the wonderful way your book displays it - and most of the people are not fibre or art connected! Thanks so much again. Mary Lavery

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