In partnership with French publisher Delcourt and the Institut français, the cultural service of the French Embassy in Canada presents an exhibition about the Québécois author and illustrator Guy Delisle, in three Canadian cities throughout April and May: Moncton, Québec and Toronto.
On the occasion of the Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec‘s 30th edition, the exhibition will be displayed at Laval University Library, from April 1st until April 30th.
Lastly, the exhibition will be at Toronto Reference Library from May 2nd to May 31st, right during Toronto Comic Arts Festival (May 12-14), whose special guests include Guy Delisle himself, who will be debuting Hostage.
About Guy Delisle
Born in Québec City in 1966, Guy Delisle is the author and illustrator of over a dozen graphic novels. Over the years, his books — which are mostly inspired by his own experiences — have introduced readers to his role as an observer, viewing the world around him with an attentive curiosity. A master of serious lightness, his work brings out the little details of everyday life the way few others do, often dealing with very real political and geopolitical tension.
His career as an animator led him on travels that provided him with material for several of his graphic novels: Shenzhen, a logbook and humorous account of an animator facing the Chinese production system; Pyongyang, the story of his experiences in North Korea; and Burma Chronicles. With Jerusalem, Guy won the 2012 Fauve d’Or award for Best Album at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, the leading festival for French-language comics.
Guy Delisle has earned international success, and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In his new book, Hostage, the Québecois artist leaves his usual observation post to tell someone else’s story: medical NGO administrator Christophe André, who was held captive in the Caucasus region for 111 days in 1997. The French version was published in 2016 by Dargaud, and the English version has been available since April 2017 from Drawn + Quarterly.