Steven and I wandered by Collection, Antiques and Books last week (15326 Antioch). It’s been a while and we again were amazed at the depth of books owner Jeff Ridgeway carries.
I came away with a pile of children’s books for my Little Free Library and Steven with several wonderful fiction and non-fiction books, one of which he is already avidly reading. Such a treasure.
As it happened, I was carrying with me a clean copy of “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me,” my first book that I created in which I married the words of Dr. Maya Angelou’s empowering eponymous poem with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s so expressive artwork.
It was award-winning nationwide and now, in its 25th Anniversary Edition. It just sold out – 400 copies! – at the “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure” exhibition being held opposite Disney Hall in DTLA.
I so love what Jeff Ridgway has done for the community that I just immediately signed my book and handed it to Jeff to sell. (He’s ordered and carried the book before)
It may still be there for sale!
Perhaps some of our other local authors can donate one or more of their books as a signed copy to beef up Jeff’s already terrific collection and help ensure he remains there for us and for our children.
Sara Jane Boyers
(Editor’s note: A Santa Monica Canyon resident, Boyers returned to fine art photography after careers in music and publishing. Currently her new book “The Ghostlight Project” is in stores and online.)