I had the privileged of illustrating a children’s book for the Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa. The opportunity was given to attend the book launch in Ottawa, Ontario and I jumped at the chance. The author of the book, Sara Loewenthal as well as Michoel Muchnik, who created a fantastic mosaic mural, were also present to give their accounts. The launch was held at the Ben Franklin Place, in Ottawa. I was asked to give a speech explaining how I illustrated the book. Ottawa is a fantastic city and I certainly enjoyed my stay.
One of my favorite parts of the journey was the opportunity to meet Herbert Carliner, a survivor of the Ms. St. Louis. Herbert was a kind man, who is passionate about telling his remarkable story. Every morning Herbert and I would find each other for breakfast, and I would learn more of his story. Herbert made this project real to me. After spending months working I finally had a personal connection to someone who was actually there. He gave me his approval of the book, which made the whole thing worth it.
On Thursday we attended a tea at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, where I met some very influential people in US/Candadian relations. Sara and I gave a short talk on our experience with making the book. We then enjoyed an afternoon sipping tea and getting to know the team from this historic project. I was taken back by the desire for not only Canada but also the US to fund such a project. History is super important, and this was my part in retelling it.
Here are a couple articles covering the event if you would like some further reading on the event.
During my trip I took pictures using my new iTouch. The photo quality is horrendous, but it beat lugging a bulky camera with me.
I took this picture right before we came into Ottawa.
Ottawa from above.
First glimpse of the book in my Hotel room.
My first book!
Mr. Carliner. What a great chap!
Michoel giving his presentation. This guy is great!
I couldn’t leave Ottawa without a good beard pic. So here it is!
It took my four extra days to get home. I did however, get to stay in a pretty classy hotel.
This is what I came home to. Narnia!
My next post I shall cover in more detail the illustrations in the book.