[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"][/caption] I’ve been giving the first book of my series, “Colors of Terroir, an artist’s tour of Sonoma” renewed focus. It's years in the making but the stars are beginning to align again. Leslie, my good friend and book designer who lives in London, is working on the BLAD. This stands for basic layout and design. I'll be conducting video interviews of star wine makers to serve as an online companion series to the book. Yesterday I met with an interested book publisher and distributor, Cameron and Company. Next week I meet with a print broker who has been in the publishing industry for over 50 years. The world of publishing is a whole new landscape and it’s been really fun to explore. On Sunday I attended the third biennial CODEX International Book Fair and Symposium in Berkeley. It’s an international exhibition that “exists to preserve and promote the art” of the hand crafted book. I don’t think I’ve witnessed so much devoted creativity packed onto one floor. Artists, designers, and typographers came from all over the globe. Each had an artful story to tell. You may think that the iPad or Kindle is making traditional publishing obsolete. And it’s definitely true that electronic distribution continues to transform publishing. But electronic devices cannot yet compete with beautifully bound textural picture books of large format images that are works of art in themselves. We’re human and we still like to feel things.