Award-winning author and York alumna to discuss ‘The Poetry of Picturebooks’

Those who love children’s literature, picture books and the way beautiful language breathes will want to mark Feb. 26 on their calendars. From 3 to 5 p.m., award-winning author and York alumna Kyo Maclear will be at the Keele Campus to present a session titled “The Poetry of Picturebooks.”

Kyo Maclear

Maclear is a scholar, essayist, novelist and children’s author. A few of her well-known and well-loved books are Bloom (2018), Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation (2017), The Liszts (2016), The Wish Tree (2016), Virginia Wolf (2012) and Spork (2010).

Maclear’s books have been translated in 15 language, illustrated by artists such as Isabelle Arsenault, and are published in more than 20 countries. They have attracted nominations for several awards, including the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Trillium Book Award, the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the National Magazine Awards, among others.

In 2018, she won the prestigious Trillium Book Award in the English-language prose category for her non-fiction memoir Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation.

Maclear holds a doctorate in education (language culture and teaching) from York University. She is a faculty member of The Humber School for Writers and an associate faculty member of the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA program. She has presented at universities, schools and festivals around the world.

The event takes place in room 050A McLaughlin College, York University.

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