Alchemy of a Book

Sydney Smith, Esta Spalding

Alchemy of a Book
Event Number: 22
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

Alchemy of a Book

Sydney Smith, Esta Spalding

Wednesday, October 18
10:00am - 11:30am
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St.,
3rd Floor

How much—or how little—do authors and illustrators communicate when they’re creating a book? Who’s the boss? Or is there one? And how do they make sure they’re “on the same page” when they start a project? Today Sydney Smith and Esta Spalding talk about how they worked together on the first two books in Spalding’s Fitzgerald-Trout series, featuring a band of loosely related children living together on a tropical island and fending for themselves. Smith, a star in the realm of kids’ book illustration, was in grade six when drawing became a major part of his life. Spalding grew up writing stories and poems. It’s never too soon for kids to tap into their talents. This duo might be just the inspiration that’s needed.

Suitable for Grades 3-6.

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Event Authors:

Sydney Smith

Ontario

Sydney Smith is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. He was raised in rural Nova Scotia and began drawing at a young age. He studied drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University. His work has appeared on festival posters, album covers and magazines. He illustrated the highly acclaimed and wordless, Sidewalk Flowers, which won a Governor General’s Award and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. Currently his illustrations feature in Smoot a Rebellious Shadow and the breathtaking Town is by the Sea, which follows a boy and his wandering mind on his walk around Cape Breton.

@Sydneydraws

Esta Spalding

Ontario

Esta Spalding is an award-winning writer for television and film, as well as a poet and author. She has written for some of Canada’s most popular and award-winning series. Currently, she is the supervising producer of the HBO series Masters of Sex, and is writing for the new Amazon series The Last Tycoon. Her upbringing in Hawaii inspired her Fitzgerald-Trout series, which has two new books arriving this year.

estaspalding.com