Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Looking back at 2012

It's almost the end of January 2013 and I'm feeling really great about the year ahead on many levels especially my personal creativity because 2012 was a very inspiring year, especially in November. Sonia Di Maulo and I launched the printed version of The Apple in the Orchard and I attended two very special literary events in Montreal. I believe it is important for every creative individual to attend artistic events in their community and support other artists no matter what their craft. It makes us feel connected and helps us get motivated to succeed in our own creative goals...


The 2012 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award Gala & Ceremony

I attended (for the first time) The TD Children's Literature Award Ceremony at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on November 6th. My friend Suana Verelst who was a French-Language finalist for illustrating La Saison Des Pluies written by Mario Brassard shared first prize with him. It was very exciting to see her win and the gala and ceremony were quite impressive. For more info about Suana and this award please visit her blog post at www.suanaverelst.com




The Apple in The Orchard Book Launch at Quinn Farm


Sonia Di Maulo and family at our first book launch at Quinn Farm on November 10th


My friend Stella and her mom, Catherine came out to our launch at Quinn Farm. 
It was a really red day all-around

Many thanks also to friends and family who attended, 
The Apple in the Orchard workshop at Thrivability Montreal 
and to the other book launch that took place at 
Kaffein coffee shop on Bishop Street in Montreal.


The Salon du Livre de Montreal


I also attended (for the first time) The Salon du Livre de Montreal at Place Bonaventure on November 16th. It was quite amazing to see how big this event is which reflects how important literature is to Montrealers/Quebecers. I was very happy to visit my friend Yayo (Diego Herrera) at the Pleine Lune stand promoting his book, Signore Tamborini et Autres Fictions written and illustrated by him. I wish him success - it is quite a little jem filled with his poetic and anecdotal illustrations accompanied by his own poetry. Signore Tamborini




At the Salon du Livre I also went to see one of my favorite illustrators, Helene Desputeaux who's career I have followed for many years. She is the original creator of Caillou, and after a long and unfortunate legal adventure, she was able to reclaim her beloved and affectionate Caillou and is now a very successful, self-made illustrator-writer-entrepreneur working with her husband, Michel Aubin. It was very touching to meet her in person and she has such a cheerful and welcoming personality which is similar to the what is expressed in her Caillou books. She even gave me a little bisou in her signature:) www.desputeauxaubin.com



Coming soon...news about another special literary event taking place in Montreal this May which I am helping organize. In the meantime, keep warm and pursue your creativity! 

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