The Traveling Bookbox Show

An unusual touring exhibition of book-themed shadowboxes. Many are now being housed at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in California.
“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


by Nell Stroud

Nell was the first person I knew personally who wrote a book, about the reality of life in a circus troupe. She then formed her own circus in 2000 - Giffords - a magical village green circus that tours England through the summer months. I've caught almost every season, despite living in California.
Why do I love the circus? I watched the Circus Phoenix perform on the grass behind the beach in Cape Town, every afternoon in the summer of 1979. I was in love with the trapeze couple. One day the man fell, and they were never seen again. So I guess I am destined to forever associate love, beauty, sparkle, mortality - circus.