Grand Dames of the Cariboo book launch date changed

The date for the launch of Julie Fowler's book The Grand Dames of the Cariboo, has been changed from Thursday, Nov. 7 to Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The date for the launch of Julie Fowler’s book The Grand Dames of the Cariboo, has been changed from Thursday, Nov. 7 to Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The event will take place at the Open Book starting at 7 p.m.

Grand Dames tells the story of Vivien Cowan and Sonia Cornwall and their intriguing friendship with Group of Seven painters A.Y. Jackson, and Joe Plaskett.

In this genre-bending work, Fowler expertly and creatively weaves her search for an understanding of her own passion for art and her love of the Cariboo with a mesmerizing story of creative life in one of BC’s earliest pioneer communities.

Grand Dames is the culmination of six years of research into letters, articles, art works, and interviews and exhibitions.

Fowler, is the executive director of the Island Mountain Arts Society in Wells, and co-founder of ArtsWells.

For the book she solicited stories of Vivien and Sonia from CBC listeners from 2008. In 2009, she took part in an exhibition of the artists of the Onward Ranch, Vivien’s home, which was curated by Paul Crawford at the Penticton Art Gallery (At Home at the Onward: The Legacy of Sonia Cornwall and Vivien Cowan).

 

Fowler will also deliver a reading and slideshow about the book at the Williams Lake Library, Nov. 29 starting at 1 p.m. and hold another book signing at the Station House Art Gallery Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.