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Portrait

Artist: Slavka Kolesar

My name is…

…Slavka. But you can try pronouncing the super-long version of my name, Sviatoslava! It’s pronounced exactly like it is written, “Svee-at-oh-slah-vah.”

I live in…

…a small town called Fernie and you might find me swimming in North Star Lake. It rains and snows a lot in Fernie because of the mountains!

You would never catch me…

…eating bananas and cheese together. But I think that almost anything would work on a pizza, even raspberries or pickles!

Some of the books I loved most as a kid were…

…All the Adventures of Tintin, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town—I loved studying the tiny details in the illustrations.

My favourite art supply is…

…gold leaf because it is shiny and makes a work of art look precious. It is difficult to apply though, because it is so thin and tears easily.

My local library is…

…the Fernie Heritage Library, a beautiful old red brick building with tall ceilings. I can see the mountains through the giant windows when I look up from my book.

I like to begin a new drawing…

…by first seeing it in my mind.

I do my best work…

…after a good night’s sleep.

Another Canadian children’s illustrator I admire is…

…Julie Flett, who lives in Vancouver. Some of her illustrations look like collage. She seems to have a huge heart and I would therefore like to be her friend. I also wish I could draw a wolf like Willow Dawson.

Skiing or skating?

When I was little, I took figure skating classes and wore a short skirt to be like the ladies in skating competitions. Since I don’t own skates now, I like to go cross-country skiing near my house after a fresh snowfall.

If I could visit any place in Canada…

…I would choose Haida Gwaii because of its interesting and beautiful name, AND because it is home to many artists!

I’ll celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by…

…reading my illustrated book, La Légende de Carcajou, to my class of preschoolers. This story, inspired by a Dene legend, is about a shape-shifting grandmother who with the help of her friends Beaver and Raven, turns into a bear to rescue her grandson from the giant Wolverine.

Slavka's Books

Book1
Caracol
Book2
La Légende du Caracajou
Book3
Le Nom de l'Arbre
Portrait

Author: Marty Chan

My name is…

…Mr. Chan,

but you can call me…

Marty. Usually, everyone squeezes my two names together into one word: Martychan.

I live in…

…a house and you might find me wandering around in my pajamas.

I would never eat…

raw fish on a pizza, unless the pizza was made of rice and seaweed and called sushi.

Some of the books I loved most as a kid were…

…the Hardy Boys Detective Series.

The first story I ever wrote was…

…The Mystery of the Frozen Brains.

My local library is…

…Edmonton Public Library and I love it because it’s filled with information ninjas.

I never begin writing a new story without…

…playing Clash of Clans. Oh, and doing my research.

I do my best work…

…when my wife wants me to clean the kitty litter.

Another Canadian children’s author I admire is…

…Arthur Slade.

If I have to choose between skiing or skating…

…I will always drink hot chocolate and watch others fall down on the ski hill.

If I could visit any place in Canada…

…I would choose Vancouver so I could eat raw fish on rice and seaweed pizza.

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday! I’ll celebrate by…

…eating 150 Nanaimo Bars or until I explode, whichever comes first.

Marty's Books

Book1
Demon Gate
Book2
Fire and Glass
Book3
Frozen Brains