I talked about my father, Aldren A. Watson, and his final book, Waterfront New York: Images of the 1920s and '30s, in a previous blog post.(http://thewendywatsonblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/aldren-watson-1917-2013.html) Many people have expressed to me their interest in obtaining copies of this book. I'm happy to announce here its official publication, with information about pre-publication orders.
ANNOUNCING FALL 2014
WATERFRONT NEW YORK, IMAGES
1920S & ‘30S
WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED
ALDREN A. WATSON
PUBLISHED BY THE QUANTUCK
DISTRIBUTED BY W.W. NORTON
Forty-five watercolor paintings and five maps
intimate view of the thriving port city of New York
in the early
Detailed scenes of everyday life on and around the
rendered through the
eyes of artist Aldren A. Watson, born and raised in
Paintings are accompanied by informative text
recollections drawn from
the artist’s notebooks.
Includes comprehensive index.
There will be 500 copies of Waterfront
New York available
at a discount if ordered in advance of the Fall 2014
publication date. To purchase books at the special
discounts listed, orders
must be prepaid and received
before September 15th. Books will be
shipped as soon
as they are received from the printer. Once published,
will be available in bookstores for $35.00 each.
Marguerite de Angeli was born on March 14, 1889, and died on June 16, 1987 at the age of 98, after a long and distinguished career as a writer and illustrator of books for children. In her books, she explored the rich cultural diversity of our country. Ordinary people and families were her subject matter.
From African-Americans and racial prejudice
to Polish mine workers in Pennsylvania (in Up The Hill)
to the physically handicapped
to colonial Mennonites (in Skippack School)
to nineteenth-century Quakers supporting the underground railroad---all became unforgettable characters, in unforgettable settings, in her hands.
She conducted thorough research for all her work (in photo above she's sketching on-site), and her books give the reader an accurate and convincing portrayal of whatever culture she was depicting. The subject matters she dealt with (such as racial prejudice) were daring and controversial for her time. Times have changed, and today her work might seem overly sweet and gentle. But her storytelling is still powerful, her illustrations are still full of warmth and humanity, and her message of universal tolerance and equality is still necessary. She's worth reading! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marguerite_de_Angeli http://www.deangeli.lapeer.org