Marie-Louise Gay: From Sketch to Story - Musings from my Drawing Table

July 13, 2019 | TPL Staff

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Marie-Louise Gay self portrait
Illustration reproduced with permission from Marie-Louise Gay and Groundwood Books Ltd.

We invite you to Marie-Louise Gay: From Sketch to Story - Musings from my Drawing Table on Thursday, October 3 at 7pm in the lower level of Lillian H. Smith Branch. Presented by the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, this is the 13th Annual Sybille Pantazzi Memorial Lecture.

Multiple award-winning author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay presents her own story as one of Canada's foremost children's book creators.

It's free! All are welcome!

About Marie-Louise Gay 

Born in Quebec City, Gay resided in many other cities across Canada before settling in Montreal where she now lives. She has written and/or illustrated over sixty books for children. From Rainy Day Magic and Any Questions? to Short Stories for Little Monsters, and the best-loved Stella and Sam series, she has won the hearts and minds of readers young and old, in Canada and beyond. In recognition of her body of work, she won the Vicky Metcalfe Award for Literature for Young People in 2005.

A Selection of Her Work 

Rainy Day Magic

Any Questions

Short Stories for Little Monsters

Stella and Sam Series 

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Stella, Star of the Sea! 

Stella Star of the Sea
Read Me a Story Stella
Good Morning Sam
Good Night Sam

In Gay’s own words, she writes and illustrates books that "weave words and images, poetry and color…where [her] characters… live great adventures and feel much emotion. A rich visual world where everything was possible."

Related Exhibit 

View original illustrations from the Stella and Sam series at the Osborne Collection’s exhibit All Join In: Children’s Books and Art About Families, from September 21 to December 7, 2019. Come explore the world of Marie-Louise Gay!

Griffin - Stubbs

All of the books featured in this post may also be found in the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books.

With thanks to Martha Scott.