ISER Books and Breakwater Books Limited are pleased to announce the release of Pam Hall’s stunning new book, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge: Excerpts from Chapters I and II. This title by renowned artist Pall Hall perfectly marries her singular artistic vision and her exhaustive community based research. Hall, an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, film-maker and writer, boasts awards and accolades both locally and nationally. Having won national awards for her work in film and as a children’s book illustrator, Hall’s most recent accomplishments includes being inducted into the Hall of Honour at the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Awards.
Acting on her conviction that everyone knows something interesting and important about where and how they live, Hall elucidated, collected, and archived - the result being Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge. This vivid representation of the rich, place-based knowings and doings of more than one hundred knowledge-holders from rural Newfoundland, curated by Hall is a stunning celebration and preservation of rural knowledge. Including selections from the two original chapters: The Northern Peninsula and Bonne Bay and Fogo and Change Islands, the images and texts come together to reveal and revalue the local in a time when globalization seems overwhelming.