Upcoming Events May 2016

There is so much going on this month with Groundwood Books. And we would absolutely love it if you could join us at one of our many events. We’ve rounded them up here, and hopefully we see you soon!

TCAF 2016

May 14 & 15
Toronto Comic Arts Festival

We have three wonderful illustrators making appearances at TCAF this weekend.

Book Signings

Saturday @ 10:30am to 11:00am – Matt James, illustrator of The Stone Thrower
Saturday @ 11:30am to 12:30pm – Dasha Tolstikova, creator of A Year Without Mom
Sunday @ 11:15am to 11:45am – Sydney Smith, illustrator of The White Cat and the Monk
Sunday @ 1:30pm to 2:30pm – Dasha Tolstikova, creator of A Year Without Mom

Programming

Saturday @ 10:00am – Matt James draw-along
locationDraw-Along Kids Room, Toronto Reference Library Appel Salon

Sunday @ 12:00 – Sydney Smith draw-along
  locationDraw-Along Kids Room, Toronto Reference Library Appel Salon

Sunday @ 12:15 – Dasha Tolstikova “Memoir for Kids” Panel
locationMarriott: Forest Hill Ballroom


Moore_Lisa_portrait_webMay 16 & 17
Lisa Moore @ Eh List Author Series

The eh List Author Series is hosting award-winning author, Lisa Moore at the Toronto Public Library. Lisa will be at the Lillian H. Smith branch Monday May 16th from 7:00pm-8:00pm, and Runnymede branch Tuesday May 17th from 7:00pm-8:00pm.
 


Lisa Moore and Dasha Tolstikova @ Koffler

May 18
Mother Daughter Book Club

On Wednesday @ 6:00pm, please join us as acclaimed creators Lisa Moore and Dasha Tolstikova read from their latest books and chat about mothers, daughters, growing up, and everything in between. The event is at the Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St.

On designing the poster for TCAF 2014 – A guest post by Isabelle Arsenault

When the Toronto Comics Arts Festival contacted me asking if I was able to illustrate one of the official posters to promote its 11th year, of course I was honoured and thrilled by the invitation!

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This year the festival has expanded its children’s programming, and I think they wanted to highlight this by featuring an illustrator who is associated with children’s literature.

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My graphic novel, Jane, the Fox & Me (written by Fanny Britt) was the main inspiration for the concept of the poster. The book is a celebration of literature, and speaks of its importance to a pre-teen trying to find his or her place in life.

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Hélène, the main character of the story, loves to escape her dull reality through reading books. She appears on the poster, next to that dog and other imaginary friends.

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I’ll be at TCAF with Fanny Britt, and I think we will have lots of fun meeting young readers — and older ones — seeing friends, buying new books, eating with our publishers and shopping in TO. Can’t wait!

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Meet Groundwood Creators at TCAF

Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault
Jane, the Fox and Me

Saturday, May 10th

11am-12pm: Jane, the Fox and Me read by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Novella Room

 2:15pm-3:15pm: Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault present: Jane, the Fox and Me
Location: Toronto Reference Library, TCAF Kids Area – Beeton Auditorium

 3:45pm-4:30pm: Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault book signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Groundwood Books table

Sunday, May 11th

11:15am-12:15pm Spotlight: Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault
Location: Marriott Bloor Yorkville, High Park 2 & 3

12:30pm: Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault book signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Groundwood Books table

Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
This One Summer

Saturday, May 10th

12:15pm-1:15pm: Michael DeForge & Friends
Michael DeForge, Jillian Tamaki, Patrick Kyle, Moderator: Ryan Sands
Location: Marriott Bloor Yorkville, Forest Hill Ballroom

1:30pm-2:30pm: Spotlight: Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Location: Marriott Bloor Yorkville, Forrest Hill Ballroom

2:45pm-3:45pm Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki book signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Beguiling Signing Area (lower level)

4pm-5pm: Queering Comics – LGBTQ identity in comics and graphic novels
Mariko Tamaki
Meet five creators who, through their stories and published projects, are queering the medium and industry of comics.
Location: The Pilot, 22 Cumberland Street

Sunday, May 11th

12pm-1pm: Canadian Reading Series: Mariko Tamaki
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Novella Room

2:30pm-3:15pm: Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki book signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Groundwood Books table

A letter from Groundwood Books Co-Publisher Patsy Aldana to Toronto City Council

The Toronto Public Library board has been mandated by Mayor Rob Ford’s administrator to cut a further 10% from the library budget, after already reducing the budget by $10 million. The Toronto Star reports that the library will have to cut hours to achieve the $7 million in savings needed.

Groundwood Books Co-Publisher Patsy Aldana is also Co-Chair of the National Reading Campaign (alongside Rick Wilks). Patsy and Rick have written a passionate letter to Toronto City Council asking that the Council reconsider the budget cuts:

“Torontonians have an obligation to give every child living in this city the chance to have a successful life by becoming life-long readers. Our democracy and sense of fairness demand it.” — Patsy Aldana and Rick Wilks (read the full letter)

Please help us spread the word by sharing this blog post and letter with your friends and family and local City Councillor.

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