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Meet Laurie Swim -- Alumna and Artist

I had the grand pleasure of meeting Laurie Swim (KES 1966-67) and her husband, Larry Goldstein, in Lunenburg on September 5th. Laurie gave me a tour of their gallery, the Laurie Swim Gallery. It was filled with beautiful creations straight from Laurie’s very creative mind. Laurie and Larry were exceptional hosts even though one would think they would be preoccupied with the release of Laurie’s book, Every Day is a Pink Shirt Day, on September 21st! Here is the press release:

                                                                                            Art Quilt Publishing For immediate release

Nova Scotian Author & Artists Publish Anti-Bullying Book for Children

Every Day is Pink Shirt Day written, illustrated, and published by NS team

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia: Art Quilt Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of an important picture book written and designed for Grade 3-4 children. Every Day is Pink Shirt Day follows Maya, a Grade 3 student attending school on Stand Up Against Bullying Day. She sees all the children wearing pink shirts to support anti-bullying behaviour but also sees children being unkind in the schoolyard. With the help of her guidance counsellor, Maya shows her schoolmates that simply wearing a pink t-shirt is not enough—we must choose to be kind every day.
The story was written by Nova Scotia teacher and guidance counselor, Heather Topshee, and illustrated by two native Nova Scotians, award-winning textile artist, Laurie Swim, with assistance from NSCAD graduate, Nancy MacDonald.

“This is my first book and one that is near and dear to my heart,” says Heather. “As an elementary school counsellor, I have seen first-hand the impact of bullying on young children and the importance of addressing it from an early age. I wrote this book thinking of my own three children as they approach school age. Every student has the right to come to school feeling safe; unfortunately, this isn’t always the reality. I believe, together, we can create school communities that encourage our students to be proud of who they are and live their best lives. It all begins with simply choosing to be kind so that bullying has no place in our world.”

The book has been created with input from the Nova Scotia Department of Education. It will be released in September 2019

About the author: Heather Topshee lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a school counsellor and offers private counselling, specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Heather wrote this story to generate discussion, promote empathy and ultimately inspire action against bullying on Pink Shirt Day and every day.

About the illustrators: Laurie Swim is an artist living in Lunenburg. She was awarded the 2013 Portia White Prize, Nova Scotia’s foremost fine art award. Her works grace many collections, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Nancy MacDonald has created art for everything from computer games to children’s books using both digital and traditional tools. Nancy holds a BFA in painting and photography from NSCAD University. She now lives along the beautiful LaHave River on Nova Scotia’s south shore.


Art Quilt Publishing Corp is a boutique publishing enterprise located in Lunenburg NS. It strives to publish books as art.
For further information, interviews, and publication-quality photographs, please contact Larry Goldstein, Publisher, at 902-553-0333 or

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