Novel set around NORTHERN EUROPE
Pastel & Pen: Travels in Europe
Experience a comic romp through Western Europe in Pastel & Pen — a “non-collaborative collaboration” between artist Gregg Simpson and novelist Carol M. Cram. Their adventures engage your senses and tweak your funny bone. Plunge into a flamenco club in Seville, roll down ocher cliffs in Provence, survive a disastrous performance of Aida in Verona, and find out what the heck is Robbie Bubble. Carol M. Cram’s eye for the hilarious and the poignant keep you turning the pages. Gregg Simpson’s lusciously beautiful artworks encourage you to pause and enjoy. Pastel & Pen even includes a story by Julia Simpson, the long-suffering daughter who shared many of the adventures chronicled in the book. Carol M. Cram is the award-winning author of several works of historical fiction including The Towers of Tuscany (Lake Union Publishing) which won the Grand Prize Chaucer Award for best historical novel pre-1750. The Muse of Fire, Carol’s latest novel, was released in 2018 (Kindle Press) and won a Bronze for Best Historical Fiction from the Independent Book Publishers Awards. Gregg Simpson is an internationally-exhibited artist with work in museums and galleries in Canada, the U.S., Italy, France, England, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Australia, and Malaysia. Simpson’s work is the subject of A New Arcadia: The Art of Gregg Simpson, a Bravo TV documentary, now on YouTube. Carol and Gregg make their home on beautiful Bowen Island, near Vancouver, BC. With Pastel & Pen, travelers can relive their own experiences through the eyes of an artist and a writer, and armchair travelers find new places to dream about. And everyone gets a unique glimpse into one family’s happy times—and some not so happy!
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