Spotlight on Deborah Hodge, guest speaker at the Illustrator’s Breakfast on November 16

Deborah Hodge will be speaking at our annual Illustrator’s Breakfast on November 16. This year’s theme is a tribute to the late Sheila Barry a highly regarded publisher at Groundwood Books and a beloved editor to all who worked with her. Her legacy includes many wonderful award-winning books for children.

What is your favourite memory of Sheila?

Sheila was a lot of fun and we often laughed together. Once when she was heading to Bologna for the Children’s Book Fair, I told her I was envious of her trip. As a consolation, the next time I was in Toronto, she treated me to a dinner at an amazing Italian restaurant where we shared yummy pasta and glasses of sparkling prosecco.

What particular quality or ethic did Sheila bring to her editing work?

Sheila was a gifted editor who believed deeply in her creators and their creative process. She trusted the authors and illustrators she worked with and provided a warm, supportive space where creators could feel comfortable taking risks and trying new things. She used to say to me, “I’ll read anything you write.”

What three qualities do you think a great picturebook possesses?

Wonderful writing, beautiful art and a seamless (and happy!) marriage between them.

What books did you work on with Sheila?

Cooking with Bear, Groundwood Books, 2019
Bear’s Winter Party
, Groundwood Books, 2016
West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet, Groundwood Books, 2015
Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City, Kids Can Press, 2011
Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm, Kids Can Press, 2010
The Kids Book of Canadian Immigration, Kids Can Press, 2006

(I would also consider these books to be among my best ones.)

Register to attend the Illustrator’s Breakfast today!

8:00 am – 12:00 pm | November 16, 2019 | University Golf Course

Early Bird Rates end October 20, 2019
Registration closes November 13, 2019