Although this event has passed, you can still purchase a digital pass to view the recording through Thursday, October 12. In his first illustrated book created specifically with a wider audience in mind, the iconic Northern Irish artist Oliver Jeffers gives a very brief history of humanity, reviews our current position, and shares his dreams for where we go from here.
All tickets, with the exception of a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets, include a copy of Begin Again: The Story of How We Got Here and Where We Might Go shipped to the ticket holder’s door by our partner bookstore, Queen Anne Book Company.
Q&A with Julia Kuo.
With his bold, distinctive art, executed in a simple two-color palette, Oliver Jeffers looks at our shared motivations for existence to follow the human path from the dawn of our species through history, sharing profound, sometimes poignant, commentary on our present, and then offers a challenge: Where do we go from here? How can we create new stories and new systems that allow all of humanity to flourish? How can we journey toward a collective and robust future?
Illustrated in his world-renowned art style, Oliver Jeffers’ reflection on the patterns that have led us to where we are today, the stories we have governed ourselves by, and those we might adopt going forward, is insightful, moving, and powerful. A must-have for anyone who wants the next generation to inherit a world to be proud of.
Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in the UK and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; and the New York Times bestsellers Here We Are, What We’ll Build, Stuck, This Moose Belongs to Me, and Once Upon an Alphabet. He is also, of course, the illustrator of the #1 smash hits The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, both written by Drew Daywalt. His fine art is world-renowned and his dip-art exhibitions are much sought-after events. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now splits his time between Belfast and Brooklyn, New York. Follow him @OliverJeffers.
Julia Kuo, our moderator for the evening, is the author and illustrator of Let’s Do Everything and Nothing and Luminous: Living Things that Light Up the Night. She is the illustrator of many picture and specialty books including the bestselling book RISE. Julia has created editorial illustrations for publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. She has taught illustration courses at Columbia College Chicago and at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, and currently resides in Bellevue WA. Read more.