GGBooks Panel: Young People’s Literature

Marie-Louise Gay, David A. Robertson, Jillian Tamaki and Janet Smyth

GGBooks Panel: Young People’s Literature

Marie-Louise Gay, David A. Robertson, Jillian Tamaki and Janet Smyth

4:30pm

Saturday, October 31, 2020

45 mins

Shortlisted and winning Governor General Literary Awards authors Jillian Tamaki, David A. Robertson and Marie-Louise Gay, celebrate the awards and discuss the topic of young people’s literature in Canada and beyond. Authors will discuss how Young People’s Literature has changed over the years, uncover the gaps and push for change.

Interviewer: Janet Smyth

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This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

GG Books & Canada Council for the Arts logo

Shortlisted and winning Governor General Literary Awards authors Jillian Tamaki, David A. Robertson and Marie-Louise Gay, celebrate the awards and discuss the topic of young people’s literature in Canada and beyond. Authors will discuss how Young People’s Literature has changed over the years, uncover the gaps and push for change.

Interviewer: Janet Smyth

English captioning is available for this video. Please click the ‘CC’ button in the video toolbar to turn it on.

 

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

GG Books & Canada Council for the Arts logo

Featured Authors

Marie-Louise Gay is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than 15 languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Mustafa and Fern and Horn.

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David A. Robertson is the recipient of the Writers' Union of Canada Freedom to Read Award. His memoir, Black Water, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction. His middle-grade fantasy series, The Misewa Saga, includes the #1 bestseller The Barren Grounds. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for On the Trapline and When We Were Alone. Robertson is also the writer and host of the award-winning podcast Kiwew. The Theory of Crows is his first novel for adults. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

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Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist, illustrator, and educator raised in Calgary, Alberta. She is the author of the Eisner Award-winning graphic novels SuperMutant Magic Academy and Boundless, and the author-illustrator of two picture books, including most recently Our Little Kitchen. With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, she is the co-creator of the young adult graphic novels SKIM and This One Summer, which won a Governor General’s Award and Caldecott Honor. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.     

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Janet Smyth is an arts programme consultant specialising in strategic planning of events, programmes and projects for children, young people, educators and care-givers within festivals and creative spaces. She has worked with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the National Galleries of Scotland, Seven Stories in Newcastle and is currently Children’s and Families Programmer for International Literature Festival Dublin, Programme Consultant for the Bath Children's Literature Festival and Reading is Magic virtual festival, Children and Families Programme Curator for the Boswell Book Festival in Scotland and Programme Consultant for the TIFA Kids 2021 Festival.

Read more about Janet Smyth

4:30pm

Saturday, October 31, 2020

45 mins

What to read

The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book One by , Our Little Kitchen by , The Three Brothers by ,
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