Isabelle Arsenault has made an “Ears and Bow” transformation kit for the launch of the French edition of Virginia Wolf. She presented samples to me during her recent visit to Toronto and I couldn’t wait to assemble one.
I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to finally meet Isabelle and her husband Frédéric Gauthier in person. Frédéric runs the Montreal-based publishing house La Pastèque together with his charming friend Martin Brault. Aside from being a curator of all things beautifully bookish, Frédéric is also a gourmand and wine connoisseur. We enjoyed the most delectable and indulgent meal at the Black Hoof in Toronto and chatted about books and art and bicycles and camping and by the end of the evening, as we zigzagged our way back to their hotel, I felt that I was in the presence of very good friends.
A highlight of the evening for me was getting a sneak peek at Isabelle’s forthcoming graphic novel, a collaboration with Fanny Britt. I think it’s the most beautiful book I’ve ever seen and it is definitely number one on my wishlist for Fall 2012. I love the way Isabelle looks at the world and I feel so fortunate to be able to see her work expand in new directions. She is a true artist.
Isabelle will be taking part in Kids Day and a launch for Virginia Wolf at Librairie D&Q in Montreal this coming Sunday, May 20th at 11 a.m. I wish I could be there too. xo