Thursday, July 6, 2023

Ready, Set, Read! Summer Reading Challenge 2023

Launches Saturday, 8 July in Sheffield Libraries

For this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, The Reading Agency have teamed up with the Youth Sport Trust and Sheffield Libraries to inspire children to discover the power of sport and play through reading. It launches 8 July 2023 in Sheffield Libraries.



It’s FREE to take part in The Summer Reading Challenge, just ask at your local library. Suitable for children from birth to 11 years of age, all children have to do is read or share six books of their choice over the summer holidays, collecting stickers for each book that they read along the way.

Visit Our libraries | Sheffield City Council to find out where your local library is.

All children who complete the challenge in libraries will receive a medal, certificate, and a limited-edition copy of the book of Rebel Girls Kick It: World Champions Take the Pitch-and You Can Too. The Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Nike and Rebel Girls to produce this new limited-edition book featuring stories and fun facts alongside original illustrations of Nike athletes, Q&As with coaches and activities to enhance football skills.


Children can also take part in the Summer Reading Challenge online by visiting summerreadingchallenge.org

Illustrations by Loretta Schauer and logo artwork by Lizzie Everard.  All © The Reading Agency 2023.


Monday, July 3, 2023

Pride Season at Sheffield Libraries

                 Image credit: Marco Verch Professional Photographer. Used under Creative Commons licence Attribution 2.0 Generic.


It’s Pride season at Sheffield Libraries, and once again we have an exciting programme of events for you!


LGBTQ+ Books for Kids and Teens online bookchat



Looking for the best in new queer books for kids and teens? The Pride 2023 edition of our online bookchat is now available to watch at your leisure on Facebook. We bring you our top recommendations for all ages, from picture books to Young Adult novels.

In partnership with Lambeth Libraries.


Kit Heyam: Before We Were Trans



Monday 10th July, 6.30pm
Central Library
Free,
book via Eventbrite

Before We Were Trans is a new and different story of gender, that seeks not to be comprehensive or definitive, but – by blending culture, feminism and politics – to widen the scope of what we think of as trans history by telling the stories of people across the globe whose experience of gender has been transgressive, or not characterised by stability or binary categories. Transporting us from Renaissance Venice to seventeenth-century Angola, from Edo Japan to North America, the stories this book tells leave questions and resist conclusions.

 

Before We Were Trans is a history and celebration of gender in all its fluidity, ambiguity and complexity.


Copies of Kit's book will be available to buy and have signed, courtesy of Juno Books.



Sheffield Libraries at Pinknic




Saturday 15th July, 11am-6pm
Peace Gardens

 

The Little Library Van will be at Pinknic! Come and find out more about our LGBTQ+ collections and services, join the library, or bring your kids for an inclusive story session.



Film screening: Queerama




Wednesday 19th July, 6.30pm
Central Library
Free, book via Eventbrite


Join us for this special Pride month film screening of Queerama, created from the treasure trove of the BFI archive. The story traverses a century of gay experiences, encompassing persecution and prosecution, injustice, love and desire, identity, secrets, forbidden encounters, sexual liberation and pride.

Starting with the first gay relationship on film released in 1919, Different From the Others, Queerama offers a wealth of unknown newsreel and amateur film from the 20s and 30s, the sub textual references in 40s cinema, the arrests and prosecutions of gay men for ‘gross indecency’ in the 50s, the early gay rights marches and decriminalisation of the 60s and 70s, the campaigns for an equal age of consent and against section 28, the Pride movement and AIDS crisis in the 80s and 90s, the sexual liberation of the 00s queer and trans scene and the gay parenting and marriage campaign of recent years.

In partnership with Sheffield DocFest.

Unclassified 18: Films screened at festivals are sometimes not classified by the BBFC. Sheffield DocFest works closely with the Sheffield City Council and films are therefore listed as Unclassified 18 and will only be available for adults over the age of 18.


Paul Baker: Camp! The story of the attitude that conquered the world



Thursday 20th July, 6.30pm
Central Library
Free, book via Eventbrite

 

Throughout its history, camp has been a place of refuge and renewal, of heroism and hedonism. Famously unrestrained and ever evolving, it has not only captured the cultural imagination, but also played an important role as a form of protest and resistance. Paul Baker takes us through camp’s rebellious and revolutionary past with warmth, humour and sensitivity, starting with the court of Louis XIV and the dandies of the eighteenth century through to Showgirls, Harlem’s drag balls and Columbian telenovelas.


Copies of Paul's book will be available to buy and have signed, courtesy of Juno Books.

 

 

LGBTQ+ Reading Group

 

Last Wednesday of the month, 6.45pm

Central Library

 

A relaxed and friendly group that meets monthly to discuss a queer-themed book. Please email elizabeth.chapman@sheffield.gov.uk if you are interested in joining.

 

 

LGBTQ+ Collection


The Central Library holds our dedicated LGBTQ+ collection, containing fiction and non-fiction relating to many aspects of LGBTQ+ life. All our libraries hold LGBTQ+-interest titles. Magazines including Diva, Gay Times and Attitude are available via the eLibrary for free.

 

 





Friday, June 23, 2023

Read With Pride: LGBTQ+ Books for Kids and Teens

            Photo by Cory Woodward on Unsplash



This Pride season, we have an extra long booklist for you - including all the books from our bookchats in Pride month last year, and LGBTQ+ History Month in February!

We have something for everyone, from picture books to Young Adult and from non-fiction to graphic novels. You can download the list here.

For even more recommendations, tune in to our next bookchat on Tuesday 27th June at 7pm. You can join us live via Zoom or Facebook, or catch up at your leisure afterwards via Facebook or our YouTube channel.

And we have more Pride season events coming up in July - check out our Eventbrite for details.

Happy Pride! 🏳‍🌈📚

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Books for Children for Windrush Day - 22 June


Windrush Day is on 22 June and we’ve created a list of children’s books, which are available in Sheffield Libraries, to celebrate it.

Picture books

Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush by Patrice Lawrence (author) and Camilla Sucre (illustrator) published by Nosy Crow.

Just Like Grandpa Jazz by Tara L Gear (author) and Mirna Imamovic (illustrator) published by Owlet Press.

My Two Grannies by Baroness Floella Benjamin (author) and Margaret Chamberlain (illustrator) published by Frances Lincoln.


Children's fiction

Freedom by Catherine Johnson published by Scholastic.

Granny Ting Ting by Patrice Lawrence (author) and David Dean (illustrator) published by Bloomsbury.

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah published by Scholastic.


Young Adult fiction

Kemosha of the Caribbean by Alex Wheatle published by Andersen Press.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon published by Corgi Children’s.


Poetry

Under the Moon and Over the Sea poems edited by John Agard and Grace Nichols published by Walker Books.

We Sang Across the Sea: The Empire Windrush and Me by Benjamin Zephaniah (author) and Onyinye Iwu (illustrator) published by Scholastic.


Non-fiction

Black and British: An Illustrated History by David Olusoga (author) and Jake Alexander (illustrator) and Melleny Taylor (illustrator) published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

Coming to England by Baroness Floella Benjamin (author) and Joelle Avelino (illustrator) published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

The Story of the Windrush by K N Chimbiri published by Scholastic.


You can reserve the books via the Sheffield Libraries catalogue here.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Sheffield Children's Book Award shortlist announced!

We are very excited to tell you about the shortlist for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2023!

We have a short film that features all the books and explains how you can take part. Why not take a look then pick your favourite and vote?


All the books are available from your local library and staff will be happy to help you vote for your favourite. You can find details of your local library here.

If you are wanting to discover a new author or genre of book for your child, then we are sure that at least one of these books will become a new favourite.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!


Baby Books

Snap! Snap! I’m a Crocodile! by Jo Lodge. Published by Boxer Books.

Hello, Frog by Isabel Otter, illustrated by Sophie Ledesma. Published by Little Tiger.

Tatty Mouse Rock Star by Hilary Robinson, illustrated by Mandy Stanley. Published by Catch a Star Books.




Toddler Books

The Smile, by Marie Voigt. Published by Oxford University Press.

Ruffles and the New Green Thing, by David Melling. Ruffles and the New Green Thing. Published by Nosy Crow.

Puddling! by Emma Perry, illustrated by Clare Alexander. Published by Walker Books.




Picture Books

One Camel Called Doug, by Lu Fraser, illustrated by Sarah Warburton. Published by Simon and Schuster.

The Huddle, by Sean Julian. Published by Oxford University Press.

Who Will Kiss the Crocodile? by Suzy Senior, illustrated by Claire Powell. Published by Little Tiger.




Emerging Reads

The Secret School Invasion, by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham. Published by Nosy Crow.

The Wobbly Life of Scarlett Fife, by Maz Evans, illustrated by Chris Jevons. Published by Hodder Children’s Books.

Trixie Pickle Art Avenger, by Olaf Falafel. Published by Puffin.




Shorter Novels

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good, by Louie Stowell. Published by Walker Books.

The Little Match Girl Strikes Back, by Emma Carroll, illustrated by Lauren Child. Published by Simon and Schuster.

Wilder Than Midnight, by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Sophia Watts. Published by Puffin.




Longer Novels

Running Out of Time by Simon Fox. Cover illustration by Petur Antonsson, published by Nosy Crow.

Tyger, by S. F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean. Published by David Fickling Books.

Leila and the Blue Fox, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, illustrated by Tom de Freston. Published by Orion Children’s Books.



Young Adult

The Bones of Me, by Kel Duckhouse. Published by Flying Eye Books.

The Butterfly Assassin, by Finn Longman. Published by Simon and Schuster.

The Stranded, by Sarah Daniels. Published by Penguin.


Thursday, March 16, 2023

On Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe - An interview with Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock

Those disappointed to miss the sold-out February 8th event with scholar of indigenous, meso-American and Atlantic world history Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock can find a transcript of her interview here. 

We discussed her important new book, On Savage Shores, which upends the familiar Eurocentric perspective of the Age of Discovery by exploring the stories of the tens of thousands of indigenous travellers, royal diplomats, slaves, servants, translators, and performers in 16th century Europe, all of them “explorers” in their own right, who had a lasting impact on the European societies they visited, lived in and integrated into. Many of these stories are being told in English for the first time in her book.

On Savage Shores is an absorbing, sensitive and eye-opening read, and this interview gives a flavour of the vivid stories and startling insight that recommend it.



 
Colette Bernasconi: I suppose the story of the Indigenous discovery of Europe begins in 1492 with the men, women and children that Columbus kidnapped. Can we start there?
 
Dr Dodds Pennock: Yes, so people focus on Columbus going to the Americas of course, his “discovery” – I always use air quotes when I say discovery because it seems really weird to talk about discovery of a place people already live. It’s like me going round and discovering  your house. So from 1492 he brings back Indigenous peoples to Europe. There are Indigenous peoples in Europe from the very moment Columbus returns. He brings back a group of TaĂ­no people from the Caribbean, a relatively small group of people. We think he kidnapped about 20 people, although maybe a few of them are high-profile people who volunteered to go with him. It’s hard to tell, this is always the problem in the sources. But they are brought to Spain and those who survived are brought to the Spanish court and there they met Ferdinand and Isabella and they are baptised and given godparents from among the royal family.

One of them becomes Columbus’ translator and is adopted as his godson almost – Diego ColĂłn he becomes – and he’s incorporated into European society. Another becomes a kind of spectacle at court, the prince wants to keep him and some of the others simply kind of go back and we don’t know what happens to them next. This is often what happens in these stories, you have little fragments. But Columbus is then responsible for bringing large numbers of Indigenous people. He is the single largest trader in enslaved Indigenous people in the first few years. Three thousand he enslaves in the first decade. So you then have large numbers of people coming to Europe enslaved as well.
 
Colette: I had no idea about the scale of the Indigenous enslavement. There are some huge numbers in there and the book starts with the chapter on slavery because of what a huge part that was. I learned in your book that 650,000 Indigenous people were taken away from their homelands and enslaved elsewhere in the 16th century, and this at a time when it was technically illegal in Spain. So what can you tell us about this “lesser-known slavery”?

Dr Dodds Pennock: It's really fascinating that the enslavement of Indigenous people happened on such a large scale and hasn’t become part of our understandings really either of global history or of transatlantic history or of the slave trade more widely. AndrĂ©s ResĂ©ndez has a wonderful book called The Other Slavery, which was written for a popular audience, so it’s as readable as a book about slavery can be, but he estimates that between 2.4 and 5 million native American people were enslaved up to 1900. Not all of them were shipped across the Atlantic.

It is, as you say, illegal to enslave Indigenous people in Spain, so those people are enslaved all across the Americas. But in Spain in the period that I’m studying in particular, it is the Spanish and Portuguese who do most of the enslaving and this is at a time when they see the Indigenous people as vassals, as potential Christians, so they’re not supposed to just go around enslaving them. So what we have in the first 50 years is loopholes. Once they decide that these people shouldn’t be enslaved, they create loopholes in the law that allow enslavement. One loophole is if you are a cannibal. And of course what happens it that they then go around declaring whole areas cannibal islands, that’s where [the word Caribbean comes from, from “Carib” peoples who were alleged to be cannibals]. You can be enslaved if you subject to a thing called “rescate”, which means like ransom or rescue, which is being rescued from a worse fate, so essentially either being enslaved to someone who’s not Christian because of course that must be worse, or being rescued from human sacrifice, so you see Europeans going around saying, “They were going to be sacrificial victims and we rescued them!” Or if you were captured in a “just war”, and of course you run into the question of what it means to be in a “just war”. And so there are all these loopholes that allow for legal enslavement. And what that creates is a situation in which people are arguing not about whether people should be enslaved but about whether they’re legally enslaved. Which seems really strange to us from the contemporary point of view but is incredibly important to me as a historian because one of the most important sources for Indigenous peoples’ experiences in Europe is the suits that they try to win their freedom in the courts and in those freedom suits they tell their stories of how they ended up in Europe so we get quite a lot of their own personal testimony.
 
Colette: One fact that again was totally new to me was how while a lot of these slaves’ journeys start with things like facial branding and kidnapping, really brutal stuff, a lot of those journeys end with the slaves successfully petitioning for their own freedom in Spanish courts. There are quite a few interesting stories in the book around that. I don’t know if you’d like to tell us one of the stories.
 
Dr Dodds Pennock: Well, I was thinking, you were talking about being branded on the face, one of the most detailed stories that we have is about a young man called MartĂ­n, who appeals for his freedom in 1537 and this is before the New Laws of 1542 which supposedly make it illegal to enslave people at all. So he is from a place called Tenayucan, near Mexico City and what happens is that a man called Gonzalo de Salazar – who is really famous in Mexico as a brutal tyrant – goes to the village and says to the elders, “Do you have a young man that you’d like to give to me as a page?” And it’s quite clear, they keep repeating this in the testimony, that he is a free man of a free people. And so MartĂ­n agrees to go as a page, or is given by his community, his parents, it’s not quite clear, and as soon as he goes, Gonzalo de Salazar brands him on the face. And that must have been absolutely horrifying as a free young man to be subject to that.

He spends some time in Mexico, he’s actually a translator in the house of the conquistador Hernando CortĂ©s. But then his master is exiled to Spain, for being a brutal tyrant pretty much, and he takes MartĂ­n with him. MartĂ­n then spends some time working in the households of people who are connected to Salazar, not in his household. And he seems quite happy with that, or as happy as far as we can tell; he doesn’t have any complaints about it. But then one of his masters dies and Salazar decides he wants to take him back to his house, and at that time MartĂ­n decides to appeal for freedom and it’s quite clear that he’s not prepared to go back to Salazar’s home. Perhaps he’s also learned that in Spain he can appeal for his freedom; he’s learned about the law courts.

And so he lodges an appeal, and at that time Salazar essentially tries to murder him. He brutally attacks him and according to MartĂ­n if some people hadn’t been there to pull him off he would have been killed. So MartĂ­n appeals to be taken out of his home while the case is settled and fortunately they do do that. They don’t always. Sometimes they leave them in the homes of these people. So imagine you’ve asked your brutal owner for freedom, you’ve appealed for freedom and then the courts say you’re just going to have to stay in the house with them for a year or so while we sort this out. That happens a lot. But, in MartĂ­n’s case, he does manage to get out of the house. There’s a fascinating argument about some clothes, he wants to be given some clothes and Salazar, even though they can’t be worth anything to him, refuses. But, for MartĂ­n, these clothes clearly are a symbol of his independence and the few assets that he’s got. And he spends a lot of time trying to get them back, and he does eventually, and then it’s quite a long court case in which MartĂ­n asserts that he was enslaved as a child, which even then was not legal. Salazar’s case rests on the fact that he [MartĂ­n] was legally enslaved and also that he’s been well treated and he ought to think himself lucky. And there’s quite a lot of testimony – it’s all in the book I’m not going to go into it all now – but what’s interesting is that the brand which Salazar argues shows he is the legal owner is actually why he loses in the end, because MartĂ­n was too young to have been branded legally. He’s only in his early twenties when he petitions for his freedom and so he must have been a child when he was branded and brought to Spain, and it was declared that he was illegally enslaved and he is free. And then he disappears from the records. I mean if I had my entire life to trawl through Spanish and Mexican records I might find him. But probably not because his name is MartĂ­n which is one of the five most common names in Mexico. So it’s really frustrating to see these rich lives and then them just sort of disappearing.
 
Colette: And apart from slavery what kind of lives were people living in 16th century Europe?

Dr Dodds Pennock: Well, incredibly diverse. You have a lot of people come as translators and go-betweens. Some people who come as family members of Europeans come to Spain and Portugal but also to France. And there are a lot of people in Normandy and around the coastal regions and the Basque regions, especially from Brazil, as part of the brazilwood trade, which is massive in France. And people are just kind of living normal lives alongside Europeans; they would have been a common sight. You have a lot of people who are brought as, it’s an uncomfortable word, as a ‘spectacle’, things to look at.

So there’s this amazing case in France, in the middle part of the 16th century, where they set up a whole Brazilian village on the banks of the Seine and they bring over what they say are 50 genuine “sauvages” is the word they use and translated is “savages” but I tend to avoid that if I can, because it’s considered a racial slur in the Americas, but this is the word used at the time. I’m rambling now but they bring these people and a whole village with monkeys and parrots and trees painted to look like Brazilian trees and all the cream of the European aristocracy are there, all the French monarchs even maybe Mary Queen of Scots is there, this incredible audience. And they have a fake battle between different kinds of Indigenous people. And the way people have tended to study this is as a spectacle of European power. It’s about Indigenous people as objects and about European power. But there are actual people there. What do these people do? What do they think they’re doing? What happens to them after this?

And the other big category of people that we have quite a lot of records of is diplomats, people who come to Europe as representatives of their families and their communities. There is a Brazilian king at the court of Henry VIII. Hardly anybody seems to know that. I was speaking to Suzannah Lipscomb on her podcast – she’s a Tudor specialist and she didn’t know that. But it’s not hidden, it’s in the published records and he seems to be there as a diplomatic representative of his community.

And then there are nobles in France and Spain and we have the records of their appeals. There’s an Inkan princess who’s exiled to Trujillo in western Spain and she and her family lived there. You can go and see the Palace of the Conquest. People go to Trujillo to see statues of Francisco Pizarro and his horse. It’s a place of conquistadors, but just around the corner there’s the Palace of the Conquest and there’s her husband and her face on the palace, the face of an Inkan princess on a Spanish palace in a corner of western Spain. It’s astonishing how diverse, how embedded in European society they were.
 
Colette: In the chapter Spectacle and Curiosity, you’re describing how these Indigenous people are also looking back at Europeans, a gaze referred to in the title of your book. What do we know about how they saw European society?
 
Dr Dodds Pennock: It is hard to tell because a lot of the sources that we have are from the point of view of Europeans who kidnapped them or saw them and wrote about them, but we do have some fragments that show us what Indigenous people thought. But I wouldn’t say all Indigenous people felt the same way, of course they didn’t. So we have to be careful not to say, “Indigenous people all felt like this,” but one of the very common themes that seems to come up is how horrified they are by the inequalities in Europe. Now that’s not to say that the Americas are an idyll of egalitarianism, that varies enormously. But what they don’t have are extremes of poverty. It’s very, very rare, even in the Aztec world where you have these very rich rulers, living in extraordinary luxury, because people then also have systems of communal care and agricultural grain storage to ensure that everybody gets enough.

So you have, for example, the writings of Michel de Montaigne, who says he met two Indigenous people at Rouen just a couple of years after that grand spectacle. They’re all over, they are there all the time, and he says the people he met ask, “Why aren’t people burning down these palaces, why aren’t people in the streets?”

And this is reflected then in the writings of later Indigenous travellers, they say, “Why on earth aren’t you caring for your elderly, for your poor, what’s going on there?” A young man who goes to France is very shocked by capital punishment and by the beating of children. He doesn’t understand why we would parent like that. He's from the northeast in what is now the United States.

You quite commonly see people not understanding why you would have primogeniture. Why would you make a young boy into a king? Wouldn’t you need somebody competent in charge? Why are all these grand warriors following this young boy-king around?

We don’t really see them commenting on gender roles, but it would almost certainly have been a big shock for them because actually women tend to be extremely important in Indigenous societies. So I would love to know what the people who went to see Elizabeth I thought, because that’s actually a totally different kind of power structure, but with a woman in charge.

You often have to speculate, but then you have this amazing song from Mexico, which is translated in the book, where the stories of Indigenous travellers have made their way into the kind of collective memory of what’s been going on and there’s this composition that talks about these different travels to Europe and it seems like they’ve kind of blended the pope and God in the imagination a little bit. Along with gold, gold has a lot to do with it. And you have these wonderful images of the papal basilica as this glittering, womb-like space. And we know that some Indigenous people from Mexico went to the papal court, so it’s coming from their observations; it's very, very interesting.

Find On Savage Shores on the Sheffield Libraries catalogue

Friday, January 27, 2023

Sheffield Libraries celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month is celebrated in the UK in February each year, to celebrate the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people. This year, the theme is #BehindtheLens, showcasing the contributions made by LGBTQ+ people to cinema and film. Once again we have a range of exciting events for you, from film screenings to author talks to our regular Queer Books for Kids bookchat! Read on to find out more.



Film screening: None of the Above



Wednesday 15 February, 6.30pm, free
Carpenter Room, Central Library
Book through Eventbrite

Award-winning trans author Travis Alabanza is in conversation with Reni Eddo-Lodge, in this screening of an event originally held at the British Library in July 2022. Travis will discuss their recently-published memoir, None of the Above, which explores what it means to live outside the gender boundaries imposed on us by society.

In partnership with the British Library and the Living Knowledge Network. Refreshments provided.



A Short History of Queer Women, with author Kirsty Loehr



Monday 20 February, 7pm, free
Carpenter Room, Central Library
Book through Eventbrite

No, they weren't 'just friends'! Queer women have been written out of history since, well, forever. From Anne Bonny and Mary Read who sailed the seas together as pirates, to US football captain Megan Rapinoe declaring 'You can't win a championship without gays on your team', A Short History of Queer Women sets the record straight on women who have loved other women through the ages.

Author Kirsty Loehr will be in conversation with our librarians. Copies of Kirsty's book will be available to buy and have signed, courtesy of Juno Books.

Refreshments provided.


Online bookchat: LGBTQ+ Books for Kids and Teens



Wednesday 22
nd February, 6pm, free
Online via Facebook

Looking for the best in new queer books for kids and teens? Liz and Zoey are back with their top recommendations for all ages, from picture books to Young Adult novels. In partnership with Lambeth Libraries.

The video will premiere on Facebook on Wednesday 22 February at 6pm, and will remain available for you to watch on catch-up at your leisure.


Film screening: No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics


Thursday 23 February, 6.30pm, free
Carpenter Room, Central Library
Book through Eventbrite

The story of the queer comic begins in a period of censorship in the USA, and marginalization even among underground cartoonists. No Straight Lines profiles five pioneers of this fascinating art scene – Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Jennifer Camper, Rupert Kinnard, and Mary Wings – producing commentary on everything from the AIDS crisis and workplace discrimination to the search for love and a good haircut. 

Refreshments provided.

In partnership with Sheffield DocFest.


Sophie Labelle, author and cartoonist


Monday 27 February, 7pm, free
Carpenter Room, Central Library
Book through Eventbrite

Sophie Labelle is a neurodivergent trans cartoonist and novelist from Montréal, in French Canada. She is the author of the webcomic Assigned Male, which has been running since 2014.''The Best of Assigned Male'' was recently published by Hachette UK.

During her talk, she will speak about her art and activism, her artistic process, cyberbullying, community building through art, and growing up trans. This event is suitable for adults, teens and families.

Copies of Sophie's books will be available to buy and have signed. Please be aware that the library cannot take card payments.

Refreshments provided.