Post by Charnell
Old Town Scottsdale is the epitome of a shopper’s paradise! From beautiful southwestern jewelry and pottery to paintings and sculptures to fantastic food and drink (make mine a caramel macchiato, please), it’s all available within easy walking distance of Guidon Books.
The store is also only a street away from the location where Quincy Tahoma spent at least two winters selling his paintings at the White Hogan (no longer there) in the early ’50s.
Guidon Books is where proprietor Shelly Dudley hosted a fantastic reception for our Quincy Tahoma presentation and book signing on October 27, during Scottsdale’s monthly Western Art Walk.
Some folks came by personal invitation, as members of the Scottsdale Corral of Westerners. Others came because they had seen the book signing notice in the media and everyone enjoyed socializing around the luscious spread of hors d’ouvres and wine before we started the presentation.
Among the many notables at the reception, we were both delighted and honored to see Dr. Peter Iverson, the acclaimed history professor at Arizona State University. During our research journey, Dr. Iverson had encouraged us to write the book and he gave us invaluable leads. We depended upon books he has written–particularly Diné: A History of the Navajos and For Our Navajo People: Diné Letters, Speeches, and Petitions, 1900-1960 — to enrich the background information of our own book, Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist.
We enjoyed meeting each and every one of the interesting people who came to hear our presentation, and I’m delighted to say that the stack of Quincy Tahoma books that Shelly had at the beginning was considerably smaller by the end of the evening!
If you are in the Scottsdale area, drop over to Guidon Books, at the corner of Marshall Way and 2nd Avenue, and pick up a copy of Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist for yourself or for a holiday present. While you are there, take a look at Peter Iverson’s wonderful books on the Diné and browse the shelves and shelves of books on American Indian arts and crafts.
All pictures, except for the one of both Charnell and Vera, were taken by Charnell Havens and she owns the copyright. Do not use without express permission. Thank you.
Would you like to come to a future book signing event? Check Upcoming Events in the right hand column of the blog for dates and places! If your town is not on the list, let us know where we might appear for a talk and book signing.