Ernie Poignant (left), with House of James owner Lando Klassen, signs copies of his latest book on Friday, Dec. 6 at House of James.  Submitted photo

Ernie Poignant (left), with House of James owner Lando Klassen, signs copies of his latest book on Friday, Dec. 6 at House of James. Submitted photo

Abbotsford author and cartoonist signs latest book

Ernie Poignant drops by House of James on Friday, Dec. 6

Abbotsford resident Ernie Poignant will be signing his latest book at House of James (2743 Emerson St.) on Friday, Dec. 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Poignant was born on Matsqui Prairie in the area that was formerly called Ridgedale on Feb. 4, 1919. His Swedish grandmother taught him how to draw stick figures at a very young age and he has been illustrating ever since.

In the early 1950s, Poignant worked for the Quesnel Observer as compositor and an editorial cartoonist and for the Maple Ridge Gazette in the same capacity from 1958 to 1984.

His latest book is called Welcome to the Past! and is filled with many cartoons depicting historical anecdotes. Poignant is well-known for his keen memory of past events.

“The Abbotsford area has a rich and colourful history, and Ernie is one of the few that still remembers it well,” says House of James owner Lando Klassen.

“It is an honour to host Mr. Poignant at our location and I warmly invite the public to come and meet him and get a book signed.”

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