2011 New Writer Award
Laurel Croza’s father was an engineer who built dams, subways and bridges all over Canada. Her family relocated nine times when she was a child, and she attended six schools before she was 14. I Know Here began as a writing assignment in creative nonfiction. It is based on her memories of leaving rural Saskatchewan at age 7 for a new, unknown life in Toronto, where she still lives with her family.
2011 New Illustrator Award
Tao Nyeu grew up in Niskayuna, a small town in upstate New York, and moved to New York City after college for a career in graphic design. There she discovered a love for drawing and earned an MFA in illustration, specializing in silkscreen and etching. Using those mediums, she creates whimsical landscapes inhabited by charming animals. Bunny Days is her second book. She lives with her family in Southern California.
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