Greetings, Leroy launch at A Different Booklist

The bright, airy space that is A Different Booklist’s new location welcomed a crowd of family, friends and community members as author Itah Sadu and illustrator Alix Delinois launched their picture book, Greetings, Leroy, on Thursday night. Scroll down for photos of the event, as well as a clip of Itah reading part of the book to a rapt audience. In honor of Alix’s Haitian roots, Dr. Eric Pierre, Honorary Consul of Haiti, spoke about Haitian arts and culture.

Itah Sadu has co-owned the Toronto-based A Different Booklist with her husband, Miguel San Vincente, for the past seventeen years. The bookstore is dedicated to selling books by and about people from the African-Canadian mosaic. Since moving to its new location at 779 Bathurst Street in the new year, the store has officially expanded to a community cultural hub. Individuals and organizations can take out memberships with A Different Booklist Cultural Centre: The People’s Residence.

Greetings, Leroy
Written by Itah Sadu
Illustrated by Alix Delinois

The first day at a new school is nerve-wracking enough, never mind when it’s in a new country! In this lively picture book from award-winning storyteller Itah Sadu, Roy realizes he may come to love his new home in Canada as much as he loves his old home in Jamaica.

How are you celebrating National Aunt and Uncle’s Day?

Did you know that July 26 is National Aunts and Uncle’s Day? You may not get the day off from work, but we think it’s worth celebrating. After all, our aunts and uncles can occupy a very special place in our hearts.

We bet JonArno Lawson is thinking of his uncle Holland today. Growing up, JonArno heard stories about him at every family occasion. Uncle Holland got into a lot of trouble, but no one would ever call him dull. In fact, he was so interesting, he inspired a book!

Why not read a copy of Uncle Holland? And then call your aunts and uncles and wish them a happy day?

Uncle Holland
Written by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Natalie Nelson

When Holland is arrested for the thirty-seventh time for stealing beautiful things, he must make a very difficult decision. A police officer says that he must either go to jail or become a soldier. He chooses to join the army and is sent south, where he finds himself surrounded by beautiful things: palm trees, parrots, flowers and big blue waves…and fish!

Holland starts painting pictures of the fish, which he sells at the market on the weekend. Soon, he has money to send home to his parents. They are worried that he’s gone back to his stealing ways, so his father writes to ask if he earned the money honestly. Holland writes back to reassure him that he has decided to paint instead of steal because “not everything that’s pretty can be stuffed in your pockets!”

Based on a true story about JonArno Lawson’s uncle, and accompanied by Natalie Nelson’s collage illustrations, this quirky picture book is about making choices – and art.

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