Seeking Refuge

Mary Beth Leatherdale, Kathryn E. Shoemaker, Irene N. Watts

Seeking Refuge

Moderator: France Perras

Event Number: 27
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for school groups

Seeking Refuge

Mary Beth Leatherdale, Kathryn E. Shoemaker, Irene N. Watts

Wednesday, October 18
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St.

To better understand the plight of refugees, we need to hear their stories and grasp what—and often who—they’re leaving behind. Irene N. Watts and Kathryn E. Shoemaker are co-creators of the graphic novel Seeking Refuge, the story of 11-year-old Marianne who was among the first group of Jewish children included in the Kindertransport, which moved children to safety out of Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia in the nine months preceding WWII. Watts was, in fact, one of these fortunate children. Mary Beth Leatherdale reveals the true stories of five children from different eras—from Nazi Germany to war-torn Vietnam, Afghanistan to the Ivory Coast—who undertook treacherous voyages to reach freedom and safety. You’ll appreciate your life like never before after today.

Suitable for Grades 5-8.

Event Authors:

Mary Beth Leatherdale

Ontario

Mary Beth Leatherdale has been working as a writer, editor and consultant, creating books, magazines and resources for more than 25 years. She was the founding editor of Chirp, Canada’s first preschool magazine, and oversaw the publishing of OWL. Beyond her educational work, she has pushed to have more anti-racist curricula in schools by working with Indigenous authors to develop books on Indigenous culture.  Her new picture book, Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees shows the terrifying journey some children have to go through when their countries become unsafe.

@mbleatherdale
marybethleatherdale.com

Kathryn E. Shoemaker

British Columbia

Kathryn E. Shoemaker is the illustrator of more than 40 books for children and the author of four books for teachers. She has broad experience as an art teacher, curriculum specialist, filmmaker, fund raiser and as a event designer. She teaches children’s literature at the University of British Columbia. Most recently, she has illustrated Irene N. Watts’ graphic novel, Seeking Refuge, a sequel to Good Bye Marianne. According to Publisher’s Weekly, Shoemaker’s “quiet, silvery-penciled panels soften this Holocaust narrative.” For more information on the novel, see Irene N. Watts.

Irene N. Watts

British Columbia

Irene N. Watts has been a storyteller since the age of seven. She has written poems, plays, novels and non-fiction books. As a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, she wrote and directed plays for young audiences to be performed at schools. Watts’ graphic novel, Seeking Refuge, captures her experiences when she was sent to England from Germany on the Kindertransport at the age of seven. This was a military operation that saved almost 10,000 Jewish children during WWII.