Sat, May 06|
TAP Centre for Creativity
Book Launch and Conversation with Scott Chantler and Lynette Richards
Join us for book launches and a conversation with Scott Chantler and Lynette Richards.
Time & Location
May 06, 2023, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G4, Canada
About The Event
Scott Chantler and Lynette Richards In Conversation and Book Launches! Join us as we celebrate the launch of the brand new young adult adventure graphic novel “Squire & Knight” by Scott Chantler, published First Second, and “Call Me Bill” by Nova Scotia artist (and former Londoner) Lynette Richards, published by Emanta, the young adult line of books from Conundrum Press.
“Squire and Knight” tells the story of Squire – a brainy, bookish boy who is terribly under-appreciated by the brawny, inept knight Sir Kelton (who manages to always gets all the glory). When the two mismatched heroes find themselves in a cursed village plagued by a demonic dragon, Kelton rides off to slay it and Squire stays behind to catch up on some reading. But Squire starts to notice that something isn’t quite right about this town. Can he uncover its strange secrets?
“Call me Bill” tells the well-documented but little-known story of Maggie/Bill Armstrong - a young sailor who died in the wreck on the SS Atlantic, a White Star Line passenger steamship that ran aground off Prospect, south of Halifax in 1873. Rescuers pulled 429 traumatized survivors out of the wreckage, but 535 people didn’t survive, including Bill - a sailor who during a subsequent autopsy was discovered to be female. Swapping out their dress for a pair of pants, Bill had run away from New Jersey in search of adventure, anonymity, and a place in the world. When they were hired to work on a cargo steamer, everything seemed to fall into place—but it didn’t take long for Bill to realize they were really just searching for a place where they could be themselves.
Chantler and Richards will discuss their books, their process and their work with moderator Linda Ludke, Collections Management Librarian at London Public Library (LPL). In her twenty-nine years at LPL, Linda’s focus has been on Children’s Services and books.
There will also be an opportunity for audience questions after the discussion. The panel will be followed by a book signing with both authors. Books will be available for purchase at TAP.
This event is sponsored by Downtown London.
About Scott Chantler Scott Chantler is the cartoonist of the critically acclaimed graphic novels Bix and Two Generals, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards, selected for Best American Comics 2012, and voted by CBC's Canada Reads as one of the 40 best Canadian non-fiction books of all time.
His other work includes Northwest Passage (nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards) and the Three Thieves series (winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Best Comic for Kids and listed by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens). In 2015, he served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, the first cartoonist to be appointed so by a Canadian university. He lives and works in Stratford, Ontario.
About Lynette Richards Lynette Richards has been cartooning her whole life. She chose stained glass as her professional medium because it was both a trade and an art. She was fully aware, too, that stained glass windows have used sequential narration for over 1,000 years, and are essentially, early graphic novels!
As a Craft Nova Scotia Master Artisan, Lynette is proud to have been selected to create large public art installations for the first Pride Library in Canada (UWO London ON), and the ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto). Lynette lives and works in Terence Bay Nova Scotia, where she owns and operates Rose Window Stained Glass and serves on the Board of Directors of the SS Atlantic Heritage Park and Society. Lynette was previously a resident of London, Ontario for many years.