Book Launch: Where?
Join Jordan Collin and Phil Lesnie as they celebrate the launch of their new picture book, Where?, with fellow author and editor, Dr Radhiah Chowdhury.
Where? is a heartfelt picture book that challenges racism from an exciting new voice that is both a cry of pain and a demonstration of inner strength, which takes us on an intergalactic journey past collapsing stars and glowing nebulae to remind us not of our differences but of our shared humanity.
‘Where are you from?’ they say.
What they mean is,
‘Why is your skin that colour?’
‘Why does your hair look like that?’
I am from the mountains,
The seas and the sky.
I am from children of millions of years,
A timeline of humanity.
I am from this planet
And all others.
A passionate, personal and political picture book that calls out racism from an important new voice, illustrated by the acclaimed artist of Feathers.
6pm arrivals for 6:05pm start.
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Jordan Collins was born in Chicago in the United States, moved to Australia when they were eight, and currently lives in Sydney. Growing up, Jordan wanted to be many things: doctor, vet, artist, marine biologist – but stuck with ‘author’ because of their love of reading. Jordan is African-American-Greek-Australian, which means they have dark skin and curly hair. Where? began as a slam poem that Jordan wrote after a lifetime of being asked questions like, ‘where are you from?’ They first performed the poem at the Poet’s Picnic when they were fourteen. Where? has now been transformed into Jordan’s debut picture book, illustrated by highly acclaimed artist Phil Lesnie.
Phil Lesnie is a Sydney-based illustrator of children’s books. They are also a children’s bookseller. It remains unclear if this is a conflict of interests. They often work in watercolour, and sometimes on an iPad; occasionally, without thinking, they will tap two fingers on a wet painting to undo it. Their picture book Feathers was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, and their first three books were CBCA Notable Books in 2015, 2016 and 2018. But their first cat, Cassidy, is notable all of the time.
Dr Radhiah Chowdhury is a Muslim Bangladeshi-Australian author, editor and advocate living on unceded Bidjigal Land in Sydney’s West. She has worked as an editor with Scholastic Australia, Allen & Unwin and Giramondo, and is currently a commissioning editor and senior audiobook producer at PRH Australia.
Radhiah was the Australian Publishers Association 2019-2020 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellow, awarded for her research project, ‘It’s Hard to Be What You Can’t See: Diversity Within Australian Publishing’. Radhiah is also one of the founders and moderators of the Australian First Nations and People of Colour in Publishing Network, a peer support and professional development network for First Nations and POC publishing professionals in Australia. Her picture book Jumble was published by Scholastic Press in December 2019, and The Katha Chest was published by Allen & Unwin in April 2021.
18:00–19:30 Where: Books Kinokuniya Sydney