That’s a Real Job?

28119463Toronto artist Danielle Meder has a job that many of us probably did not even know existed: she attends fashion shows and draws the clothes. Danielle is a Fashion Illustrator.

While fashion illustrators have been around for a while, they often do very different things. Sometimes, they’ll draw clothes from a live event, such as the fashion shows during New York Fashion Week, or maybe they’ll work with a client to design an outfit to take to a seamstress. Some sell their work to galleries, and others are use their work to teach others.

Danielle tells her story that begins in smalltown rural Ontario, and ends up with her new book called DRAW FASHION NOW, in an interesting interview over on Yes and Yes.

While some of her life is spent at the glamorous fashion shows, a lot more of it is quiet and detailed and solitary. Her new book explains the techniques used in fashion illustration, and how you can get started doing the same thing. While the drawings are simple and gorgeous, I am sure the act of creating something along those lines is not quite as easy as it looks. There is much more involved than just being able to draw a reasonably good image of a model in an outfit–as Meder explains, she knows a lot about fabrics, and how clothes are put together, which helps her to translate what she sees onto the page.

It’s a fascinating read, and I’m sure the book would also be a great gift for anyone who might be working toward a career in the visual arts, and especially for someone who loves clothes. Now, sit down and try to draw what you’re wearing right now….it’s not easy at all!

Iraq in 2103? Imagine it!

downloadWe’re often so focused on the news that we can’t see beyond the present. But when award-winning Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim and Bristish publisher Ra Page asked Iraqi writers what they thought their country would look like one hundred years from now, the results were part sci-fi, fantasy, fairy tale and even satire.

The resulting anthology of stories was published in the UK, entitled IRAQ + 100, and sounds like a fascinating mix. It is hard to imagine how people in country so embroiled in warfare right now could be anything else, but leave it to the people with imaginations to see a different view.

You can read the article on the BBC website about the concept, and what the authors came up with right here. Maybe we could all take a page out of this book and open our minds to a different world.

Goodreads Choice Awards!

choiceIt’s that time of year again...the Goodreads Choice Awards! The lists are up, and you’re encouraged to vote for your favourite books in twenty different categories! If you’re a reader, hopefully you’ve been through the books from 2016 in your favourite genre and have a good sense of what’s out there. And now you can have your say in what you think are the best books of the year.

I’ll admit, I only voted in one category this year, although a lot of the books in other categories were ones that I wanted to read. Where did the time go? November 1-6 is the opening round, so you only have a few days to vote. Sign in, and make your vote count! It’ll be a lot easier picking a winner here than in the U.S. election next week!

And the Winner Is…

Earlier this week, the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for literature was announced, and the book makers were quite surprised. American author Paul Beatty won with his novel THE SELLOUT, making him the first American to win this coveted literary prize worth more than $50,000.

22237161While some find Beatty’s humour a little dark for this current age, he admits it was meant to be funny and painful all at the same time.

Beatty was an unexpected win, where many were sure Madeleine Thien’s DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING would bring in the prize. But fans of her book need not fret—Thien won the Governor General’s 2016 Award just last week.

Did you pick the winner?

Are These the Scariest Books?

It’s almost Halloween, and that means everything scary, including books. One of our favourite bloggers, Larry at the Flavorwire, put together his list of the 50 Scariest Books EVER.  What’s great about this list is that it only allows one book per author, which means Stephen King doesn’t have the monopoly, and frankly, there are some great books on this list!

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How many of these have you read? Some of these are on school book lists, but others were new to me, but by the descriptions, there are a few that I think I’m going to have to pick up. Maybe I should have started earlier. Scary reads just won’t feel right when I’m starting my Christmas shopping.

Forest of Reading®

We’re always excited when it’s this time of year…Forest of Reading® time! The books have been nominated, they’ve arrived in our library, and now we’re just getting everything ready for this fun reading program to begin in December.Forest-of-Reading-LogoWhat is Forest of Reading®? It’s an annual reading program filled with Canadian books that can only be voted on by children. We’ll be running the usual categories this time—Blue Spruce™ (Kindergarten to Grade 2), Silver Birch Express™ (Grades 3 & 4), and for Grades 5 & 6, we’ll do Silver Birch Fiction™ & Silver Birch Non-Fiction™. In each category, there are ten books, and we’ll require children to read a certain number depending on their reading category. It’s a fun way for children to get exposed to some of the wonderful Canadian books that are out there, and a great way to teach them the concept of voting.

We’ll be visiting schools in the upcoming months to talk about the reading program, but once December starts, if you have a young reader, they can drop by the library and register to get started. It’s always a great idea to begin as early as possible as there are 10 books in each category to read. And if they finish one category, they can always move into the next one.

You can see all of the books in the 2017 Forest of Reading® categories on by clicking on one of the links at the top of this page. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 257-2702, or drop by to see us. We’ll be reading!

 

 

 

We’re Writing Again!

Write a Novelin 30 days!Libraries are all about books, and what better place to write a book than at the library!

Did you know the Carleton Place Public Library has a writers’ group? We’ve been meeting for over two years now, and many of our writers have written books, been published, and are looking to help others in our community join in the fun

If you want to know more about our project to write books in November as part of National Novel Writing Month, join us on Tuesday, October 18 from 6-7pm to find out more. Meet members of the CP Library Writers Group, find out about our website, and learn all about writing a book in 30 days. It’s possible…and a lot of fun!

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Please call to register, or drop by the library to pick up your writing kit if you can’t make it to the Kick Off meeting. We’d love to have new members!