Back from a week of baking and browsing in Eastern Ontario where three used bookstores were scrutinized: one in Golden Lake where a copy of William Nicholson: The Graphic Work, by Colin Campbell was purchased, and two in Combermere: Madonna House
and Pilgrim Reader Books from which several Frank Newfeld (the great Canadian illustrator/designer – stay tuned for the audio) books were procured, including softcover editions of
Ralph Gustafson’s Rivers Among Rocks (one of the Design for Poetry series) and
Irving Layton’s Balls for a One-armed Juggler.
And: a pleasing ‘taste check’ experience as shelves were scoured: first book pulled – from the Canadian literature section – had a previous owner’s name neatly inscribed on the front end paper; second book pulled – at the other end of the store in the poetry section – same name; third, in the back where the to-be-stacked books are kept – and we have the trifecta. From a choice of thousands these were the books chosen - like the magician who picks from the deck only those cards you’re thinking of. Only this was no trick. Simply an alignment of tastes affirming and reinforcing each other.