16. The Illustrator Battle - The FOLD

16. The Illustrator Battle

Ages 8+

Session Description

The Illustrator Battle

The Illustrator Battle returns with a new crop of artists who will take up their drawing tools and battle it out from their own drawing tables. This not-to-be missed interactive event includes hilarious and complex challenges, featuring Canadian illustrators Aliya Ghare, Jason Li and our Illustrator-in-Residence Myriam Chery, with the FOLD’s very own Kids Coordinator, Ardo Omer, returning as its host.

For ages 8+

 

Registration

This session and all 2022 FOLD Kids Book Fest virtual sessions will be made available on-demand until December 12 with a virtual pass. Educators who register with a board pass code will continue to have access into the New Year.

Virtual passes are $20 and allow attendees to access our Virtual Clubhouse where you can connect with exhibitors, chat with authors and attendees. You can also compete on the leaderboard and participate in our virtual scavenger hunt for the chance to win prizes.

GET YOUR VIRTUAL PASS HERE

If the cost of the virtual pass is prohibitive, check out our Patron Pass program.

Featured Speaker(s)

A young Black woman with curly dark hair, wearing a dark blue top and bright red lipstick.
Myriam Chery
Bio
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Aliya Ghare
Bio
Jason Li_Headshot
Jason Li
Bio
A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.
Ardo Omer
Bio
A young Black woman with curly dark hair, wearing a dark blue top and bright red lipstick.

Myriam Chery

Myriam Chery is an illustrator from Québec in Canada. She graduated in Arts and Film Animation from Concordia University and loves to illustrate colourful landscapes and adorable characters that highlight the happiness of childhood.

Aliya Ghare_Headshot

Aliya Ghare

Aliya Ghare is a Toronto-based illustrator. She enjoys creating visually rich and magical imagery that explores social and political issues, human interest subjects, and fiction. Her illustrative work ranges from children’s picture books to editorial, advertising, surface design, and more. She has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators New York, American Illustration, Adobe, the National Magazine Awards, Applied Arts, and 3×3 Magazine.

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Jason Li

Jason Li (he/him) is an independent designer, artist and educator. His practice revolves around promulgating bottom-up narratives, exploring networked technology and helping people live safely on the internet. He is a co-author of the forthcoming Hanmoji Handbook, and an editor at Paradise Systems.

A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.

Ardo Omer

Ardo Omer has written for online platforms as a reviewer and critic for almost a decade. She’s been a judge for a few kids comics awards and is an advisor at the Canadian Comics Open Library. Omer lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she serves as the Kids Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).

The FOLD is a remarkable and wonderful event for authors and attendees alike. What an amazing community, dedicated to the vital need for inclusive stories and the critical role they play in building a better world.

Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

Field Guide to the North American Teenager is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!

Ben Philippe, author of Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Festival of Literary Diversity was an absolute joy–the organizers thought of *everything* and by anticipating authors’ needs, they freed us to focus on connecting with the audience and each other. There was no pretension, no posturing–just very genuine conversations with invested writers and engaged readers.

Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag

I have been to a lot of writers festivals and the FOLD is definitely near the top of the list of those I want to be invited back to.

Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater

Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.

Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

Ian Williams, Author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction

FOLD is a festival experience unlike any other I’ve had. The FOLD team strive to create a space that’s welcoming and engaging, while allowing for curiosity, ingenuity and the fostering of real community – and they succeed, every year.

Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

The FOLD is one of the most important literary events on this continent. By focusing on diverse voices and giving authors space to share their stories and speak their truths, it is revolutionizing the writing and storytelling realm as we know it.

Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon Of The Crusted Snow

Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. Sharing diverse stories and listening to different voices that broaden my understanding of the world has impacted me as a person and motivated me as a writer.

Ann Y.K. Choi, author of Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

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