RMB's two new board books by Neepin Auger, Discovering Words and Discovering Numbers, were mentioned in the most recent issue of Publishers Weekly! This is a big deal, since these are the first books of their type to be published by RMB and we have two more planned for Fall 2014: Discovering Animals and Discovering People. These new titles (along with future reprints) will feature pronunciation guides for both the French and Cree words, as recommended by PW.
"This is writing that sucks you in, and which will definitely mean you sit up late into the night. It contains subject matter that may challenge your own prejudice, but isn’t that what travel is for? And this is perhaps the best vicarious trip you’ll take to the Middle East."
Strange "review" of George Webber's book, Prairie Gothic, appeared in Galleries West recently:
Calgary photographer George Webber’s moody black-and-white photographs seem to violate any sense of the wide-open spaces of clichéd flatland lore. In this coffee-table book that features a 10-page essay by Alberta writer Aritha van Herk, Webber’s skies are overcast, more often than not, and towns are small and vulnerable, their bedraggled buildings tottering on the edges of rutted roads. Webber’s interiors have a similar cramped and mothballed quality, and the people that occupy them are often elderly, with faces as weathered as slumping barns, yet resolute in their steadfast gaze. Collectively, Webber’s images seem a visual dirge to what van Herk calls “a place beyond place" – the country he documents something we feel in our bones and cannot help but look at, again and again.
Love it or hate it, the Calgary Stampede is a place where myth, history and spectacle collide. Cowboy Wild was more than a decade in the making. Photographer David Campion and author Sandra Shields roamed the world’s biggest Wild West show and brought back a collection of images that speak to our fascination with the cowboy. With wry humour, these photographs pull back the curtain and probe the contradictions that lie at the heart of a myth that transforms history into a story about the triumph of man over nature, nostalgically regretted even as it is celebrated.
Neepin Auger is a Cree artist, educator and mother. Originally from the Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta, she has been painting for over ten years, having studied art under her father, Dale Auger, a renowned First Nations educator, artist and author. Discovering Words and Discovering Numbers are her first books. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.