Let’s Connect!: An Exploration of Relationships in Picture Book and Graphic Novel Illustration

Audrey Hudson, Rosena Fung, David Namisato and Julie Flett

Let’s Connect!: An Exploration of Relationships in Picture Book and Graphic Novel Illustration

Audrey Hudson, Rosena Fung, David Namisato and Julie Flett

5:00pm

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Join leading children’s book illustrators Rosena Fung, David Namisato and Julie Flett, finalists for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Book Awards, for a discussion of their illustrative styles and techniques, moderated by Audrey Hudson, Richard & Elizabeth Currie Chief, Education & Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Picture books and graphic novels enable readers to develop visual literacy. These two literary forms also help children to understand their relationships with themselves, other people, and nature. This panel discussion explores how these creators use illustration, in picture books and graphic novels, to explore the concept of connection and to depict the ways in which we connect to ourselves, others, the land, and our country.

ASL interpretation will be provided for this event.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 27 at 5pm ET
Where: Brigantine Room in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

This event is presented in partnership with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a national, not‐for‐profit organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. For more information, visit bookcentre.ca.

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

TIFA Kids LogoCanadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

Panel Discussion

Join leading children’s book illustrators Rosena Fung, David Namisato and Julie Flett, finalists for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Book Awards, for a discussion of their illustrative styles and techniques, moderated by Audrey Hudson, Richard & Elizabeth Currie Chief, Education & Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Picture books and graphic novels enable readers to develop visual literacy. These two literary forms also help children to understand their relationships with themselves, other people, and nature. This panel discussion explores how these creators use illustration, in picture books and graphic novels, to explore the concept of connection and to depict the ways in which we connect to ourselves, others, the land, and our country.

ASL interpretation will be provided for this event.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 27 at 5pm ET
Where: Brigantine Room in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

This event is presented in partnership with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a national, not‐for‐profit organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. For more information, visit bookcentre.ca.

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

TIFA Kids LogoCanadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

Panel Discussion

Featured Authors

Dr. Audrey Hudson is on the leadership team at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), where she is the Richard & Elizabeth Currie Chief of Education & Programming. Her research focuses on museums, art education, hip-hop, Black and Indigenous solidarities, K-12 pedagogies and social change. In recognition of her work at the AGO, Audrey was nominated and awarded for a Guest Scholar in Residence (2022/23) at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Audrey holds a PhD from University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (U of T/OISE).

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Rosena Fung is an illustrator, educator and comic artist. Her debut graphic novel, Living With Viola, was named a best of the year by the New York Public Library, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews, and nominated for the Silver Birch Award, the Jean Little First-Novel Award, and the Garden State Teen Book Award. In her many starred reviews she is often commemorated for her heartbreakingly honest storytelling mixed with her signature poignant humor. Rosena spends her free time reading, petting cats, and eating snacks in Toronto, Canada.

Read more about Rosena Fung

David Namisato lives in Toronto, and has worked on children’s magazine illustrations, and comics since 2005. When he’s not drawing, David enjoys watching gadget review videos, eating pastries, and taking naps.

Read more about David Namisato

Julie Flett is a Cree–Métis author, illustrator, and artist who has received numerous accolades and awards for her books, including two Governor General’s Awards, two Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Awards, a TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and the American Indian Library Association Award. She is the author and illustrator of Birdsong and We All Play (Greystone Kids), and Wildberries and Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet (Simply Red). She is the illustrator of On the Trapline (Tundra Books) and When We Were Alone (Highwater Press), both written by David A. Robertson, and Monique Gray Smith's My Heart Fills with Happiness, amongst many other acclaimed titles.

Read more about Julie Flett

5:00pm

Tuesday, September 27

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