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Mary Pickford, Queen of the Silent Film Era
A Life in Stills
By (artist): George A. Walker

By (artist) :

George A. Walker


Porcupine's Quill



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Sewn


General Trade
Apr 23, 2020
$22.95 CAD


8.75in x 5.55 x 0.76 in | 360 gr

Page Count:

200 pages
Porcupine's Quill
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / General

In this wordless biography, wood engraver George A. Walker provides a fitting stage to explore the life of Mary Pickford, a silent film star whose groundbreaking contributions to the motion picture industry earned her the title `Queen of the Movies'.

George A. Walker is an award-winning wood engraver, book artist and author whose courses in book arts and printmaking at OCAD University in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor, have been offered continuously since 1985. His artworks are held in collections ranging from the Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), New York City and he has had over 15 solo exhibitions as well as been included in more than 100 group shows. Among many book projects-both trade and limited edition-Walker has illustrated 2 hand-printed books by internationally acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. Walker also illustrated the first Canadian edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, both published by the Cheshire Cat Press. The Cheshire Cat Press is a partnership between Andy Malcolm and George Walker which continues to publish limited edition books featuring the writing of Lewis Carroll.

George Walker was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2002 for his contribution to the cultural area of Book Arts. He is also a member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto where he was featured in a solo exhibition of his books and printmaking in the spring of 2019. Walker's latest book-length project presents the iconic life of Hollywood silent-film star Mary Pickford in a suite of 87 wood engravings.

`You can watch a film, in silence or with dialogue and music. To read a book that is mostly pictures-you must be visually literate. Walker makes an experiment out of the way we consume visual media.' - Guy Maddin, Canadian filmmaker and director of numerous shorts and feature films, including My Winnipeg (Best Canadian Feature Film, TIFF, 2007)

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