March 8 is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, CBC Books is highlighting 18 women writers in Canada you should read in 2018.
I’m very excited to be invited to Bangkok for a few days to speak and give a workshop. It’s been 25 years since I was here last and I’m looking forward to my visit!
So much has been happening this month that I haven’t been able to update fast enough!
On November 9th I was invited by Erin Churchill from the Department of English to do a talk at Vanier College in Montreal as part of their English symposium.
It was a great experience and I enjoyed dong a Q&A with the students and members of the faculty afterwards.
On November 20th I did a two-hour workshop on Narrative Art and Sequential Storytelling with grade 11 students at Villa Maria high school. This was arranged by their teacher Nancy Long who is a fellow Alfred Hitchcock fan. We used two short stories: “A Lamb to the Slaughter” by the great Roald Dahl, and “Vendetta” by Guy De Mauppausant. We had the girls break down parts of these stories and then sketch them out in comic book fashion. I’d love to do this kind of thing for all the English high schools in the area.
Today Nov. 26 was another busy day. This morning I dropped by Expozine in downtown Montreal where Conundrum was exhibiting their books. It was great seeing Andy Brown after Toronto, and meeting Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes, the creators of “The Case of the Missing Men”, Conundrum’s latest graphic novel. I really need to read it when I get a chance! I signed a few books and apparently the day before there was a woman who was very weirded out when she saw my book because of all the parallels with her own life. Too bad I missed her!
Afterwards I headed to the Montreal Pop-Up Book Fair where I was a guest reader, one of 20 writers in Montreal. We each had 2 minutes to read from our work, and then afterwards contributed some lines to a text which was read out loud to the amusement of all. I realize I should really be writing these posts before but never seem to have the chance or remember! Anyway it was fun and I met a few people, including Karen Nesbitt who wrote “Subject To Change” , a YA book I am curious about.
That’s all for now! I’m trying to finish a bunch of manga deadlines before we leave on a trip to Asia. Cheers.
I’ve been invited to the Stratford Writers Festival to be part of a panel called “My Life: Memoirs as Told By Grief” on Saturday Oct. 21, 2017. It’s my first time in Stratford and I’m really looking forward to seeing the town and checking out the other events.
Here is an interview they did with me prior to this visit.
Here’s a review by the writer and artist Joe Ollmann, for the Hamilton Review of Books, which I particularly liked because I felt he really got the essence of my book, which is that it is for the most part light-hearted, silly and tongue-in-cheek, with some dramatic bits thrown in. It’s basically an Asian version of a 1980s John Hughes film complete with a new wave soundtrack.
“Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me, is a really nicely-drawn, sad and funny book full of honesty and heart. Mapa’s book is cool because she doesn’t try to be cool, she just speaks from her heart and maybe sincerity is the new irony.”
Full review here:
I’m also reviewed alongside Jillian Tamaki and Emil Ferris (who created the sensation “My Favorite Thing is Monsters”). I mean, talk about excellent company!
From the CBC: “The 2017 edition of CBC Books’ annual writers to watch list is here. Be sure to get to know these writers before their careers enter the stratosphere.”
YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), a division of the American Library Association, has nominated my book in the category of Great Graphic Novels For Teens (non-fiction). This is an amazing honour!
Here’s my schedule at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival this weekend:
Saturday May 13
10:00 AM – Canadian Reading Series: Conundrum Press Spotlight – Conundrum Press is making another big splash this year! Come and join David Collier (Morton), Lorina Mapa (Duran Duran), and James Cadelli (Getting Out of Hope) as they read from their newest Conundrum Press books! Hinton Learning Theatre, Toronto Reference Library
11-12 Lorina Mapa signs Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me at the Conundrum Table
Sunday May 14
10-11am James Cadelli, Lorina Mapa sign at the Conundrum Table
See you there!