Thursday, March 14, 2013

Annick's Stars

Three of Annick’s talented creators came to our offices this week to discuss their latest projects in front of a video camera. Judith Keenan and Aria Evans from BookShorts acted as director and cinematographer. They will also be editing the footage to create two video profiles, one featuring Kathy Stinson and Dušan Petričić, author and illustrator of the upcoming picture book, The Man With the Violin, and the other, Sharon McKay and Daniel Lafrance, co-authors and illustrator of WarBrothers: The Graphic Novel. (Sharon’s taping will take place in early May, when she visits Toronto from her home in Prince Edward Island.)

Kathy spoke about the inspiration for The Man With the Violina newspaper article about the world-famous musician, Joshua Bell, who played his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway as busy commuters rushed by with hardly a glance. As well as being enthralled by the story, Dušan jumped at the opportunity to illustrate the book because of the challenge it presented—how to represent music visually. The result of their collaboration is a very special book where the lyrical text and imaginative illustrations merge together brilliantly.

Illustrator Daniel Lafrance and Judith Keenan with some of his artwork for War Brothers
Daniel Lafrance who spoke about the process of creating a graphic novel based on the novel, War Brothers, explained that he was attracted to the project because of his desire to raise awareness of the plight of child soldiers. His stark, powerful images bring the story of one boy’s experience to life, leaving an indelible impression in the mind of every reader.
Look for the author videos later this spring at

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