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MONTHLY MEETING Wed Mar 11 PANEL with Ashley Barron, Kate Parkinson, Farida Zaman

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • Toronto Public Library Northern District Branch, Room 200

MEETING: Wed Mar 11 at 7:00 

LOCATION: Toronto Public Library Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (1 block N of Eglinton, W off Yonge), Room 200 (2nd floor). 

PANEL: Illustrating Your Own Words for the First Time
Ashley Barron, Kate Parkinson and Farida Zaman illustrated for other writers before they illustrated stories they'd written themselves.  These talented illustrators talk about their choices and challenges of being a first-time author/illustrator of their own books.

ASHLEY BARRON uses cut-paper collage, watercolour, acrylic and pencil crayon. Her work has been described as unique and intricate … a visual feast of colour, textures and shapes. LOVE YOU HEAD TO TOE (Owlkids, 2019) is filled with bright, playful illustrations of babies and animals engaged in similar behavior: babies stretch their limbs like sea stars, splash like ducklings, toddle like bear cubs, and fill their chubby cheeks like chipmunks.

KATE PARKINSON’s digitally manipulated pen-and-ink illustrations have been called lively and expressive. GRACE (Holiday House, 2015) is about a girl who wants to be a dancer but ballet just isn't her forte.  However art is something Grace is good at, and it enables her find a way to be part of the ballet class.  And on top of that, she can still continue to dance just for the love of it. The text is simple enough for emerging readers to tackle successfully.

FARIDA ZAMAN is known for her upbeat, colourful, and whimsical style. She works primarily in acrylics, often mixing in elements of collage. I WANT TO BE... A GUTSY GIRLS' ABC (Second Story Press, 2020) is an alphabet of fun and unusual possibilities for when you grow up. This ABC explores some of the amazing and often unusual jobs people do. Each letter has an illustration of a girl who shows us how we can be, quite literally, anything we want to be.

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS: Celebrating a new book? Having an event? Teaching a course? Other news? Make your announcement at the meeting! Please send the following info:
  • Your name
  • Book title, genre/reading age, publisher, publication date
  • Summary of your book, event, course, or other news 
  • Note if you will  make your announcement at the meeting in person 
  • In the email subject line: "Member Announcement by [your name]" 
NOTE: Please keep announcements to about two minutes in length.

DINNER WITH THE SPEAKERS AT 5:00: Everyone is welcome to come to dinner with the speakers before the meeting. Join us at at 5:00 at the CANSCAIP table at the back of The Pickle Barrel (Yonge-Eglinton Centre, 2nd floor). For simple payment, the restaurant provides individual bills. RSVP to Cathy Rondina.  

TRANSIT & PARKING: From Eglinton station on the Yonge subway line, walk 1 block N on Yonge to Orchard View. The closest parking (expensive) is Yonge-Eglinton Centre's underground lot with an entrance on Orchard View. There are Green P parking lots on Erskine, Castlefield and Sherwood. 

720 Bathurst St., Suite 412, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Phone: 1-416-515-1559

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