Vera B. Williams (1927-2015)
The books of Vera Williams have been well-read and loved in our house. “Cherries and Cherry Pits” was a favorite.
Born in California, she grew up in the Bronx. Her books celebrate the ordinary experiences of friends and family.
She studied with Josef Albers at Black Mountain College, and lived and taught in a cooperative community in North Carolina for many years that was created with other graduates of the school.
After her divorce she moved to Canada, where she lived on a houseboat, ran a bakery, and began writing and illustrating children’s books. She eventually returned to New York, where she lived for the remainder of her life.
Also an anti-war, human rights, and environmental activist, her hand and her words will be missed.