This morning, I was so happy to learn (via 7imp) ) that Shaun Tan has won the Astrid Lindgren Award prize.
I’ve been a fan of his books and his fine art for a long time and feel fortunate to have seen him speak at the Vancouver Children’s Roundtable event a couple of years ago, where he gave a fascinating and often very funny talk about his books, his work and his, at the time, work in progress on The Lost Thing animated short. At the end he was exceedingly generous with his time, speaking to everyone in the long book signing line, and autographing with little sketches.
He can paint, he can tell a story and he has appeared to have followed his own path and interests with picture books, graphic novels and books that defy regular classification – like the delightful Tales from Outer Suburbia – and that is so wonderful. An award well won.
The books are beautifully illustrated and designed. Have a look at them here, or at your local independent bookstore.
Also, don’t miss Eric, a story from Tales from Outer Suburbia in slideshow format on the Guardian website.
The Alcuin Society’s 27th Competition for Excellence in Book Design in Canada – 2008 will be held on October 1st 2009 at Emily Carr University. The event is free and there will also be book design workshops held earlier in the day. For full information on the event and the workshops, please visit the article on the Alcuin Society blog.
As one of the Canadian Toy Testing Council’s 2009 recommended books, Looking for Loons was on a CTV segment about books as a good gift option.
The article and clip are here.