Isabelle Arsenault is speaking at Serendipity!

Isabelle Arsenault is an internationally renowned children’s book illustrator whose work has won many awards and much praise from critics. Her books include the graphic novels Jane, the Fox and Me and Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt, Spork and Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, Once upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol, Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky (Bologna Ragazzi Award 2017) and Colette’s Lost Pet, which marks her debut as an author. She has won the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature three times, and two of her picture books were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. The poetry expressed through Isabelle Arsenault’s graphic universe, the gentle flow of her lines and the overall charm of her books have made her one of Quebec’s best-known and esteemed illustrators. For more about Isabelle and her work, see Artwork from Virginia Wolf.

Interview with Isabelle Arsenault, as GG Winner in 2012.

From the Walrus (Nov. 2012), here is a condensed form of Farida Hussain’s interview with Isabelle Arsenault, when her artwork for Virginia Wolf, with text by Kyo Maclear, won her the Governor General’s Literary Award, for children’s literature (illustration) in English.

In 2004, Arsenault  won a GG for Le Coeur de Monsieur Gauguin, with text by Marie-Danielle Croteau, her first children’s book in French. In 2013, she won the GG again, for Jane, the Fox and Me, by Fanny Britt.

Arsenault studied Graphic Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She lives and works in Montreal.   [This interview is part of the Walrus’s Governor General’s Literary Awards interview series.]

Serendipity 2018
Beasts, birds, and words: The poetics of children’s books
with four Canadian artists/poets whose metaphors and images captivate and engage both the young and the young at heart. Join us to hear Isabelle Arsenault,  Robert Heidbreder, Kyo Maclear, Tiffany Stone, and Frédéric Gauthier of Les Éditions de la Pastèque talk about their works, their inspiration, and the Canadian children’s book publishing space.
Mar. 3, 2018 | 8am to 3:30 pm | UBC Robson Square
Early bird rates end February 14, 2018 | Final ticket sales close February 28, 2018
Includes: Coffee, snacks, lunch, book sales, and book signing. Register here.