First up is Leanne Shapton, a prolific (and D+Q published!) artist and illustrator. Based in New York City, Shapton is the co-founder of J&L Books, a non-profit publisher of art and photography books.
She's also the author of several books, including The Native Trees of Canada and Sunday Night Movies. Her third book, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, a photography book that uses found objects to chronicle a love story, was optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, and her success doesn't stop there. Shapton has been the art director of The New York Times op-ed page, the winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Award for autobiography, and a columnist for Elle and The New York Times Magazine. (Oh, and she also competed in two Olympic trials for swimming. No big deal.)
If all that seems like a lot, it's only because Shapton seems to fearlessly pursue what she wants. "I can be quite reckless," she told the Toronto Star in a 2009 interview, "but weirdly these things have paid off." The Star called her "the girl who has everything," Dave Eggers is apparently a big fan, and Amy Sedaris is jealous of her. Safe to say that Leanne Shapton is pretty cool.
And despite calling NYC home, Shapton's roots are firmly Canadian: She was born in Mississauga, attended McGill, and began her career at the National Post. The home grown success story's newest project is Women in Clothes, a collaboration of over 600 contributors, including the likes of Miranda July, Molly Ringwald, and Tavi Gevinson. An exploration of how women present themselves through clothes, the book will ]launch Tuesday, September 16 at the Rialto Hall. The event, presented by Drawn & Quarterly, will include a conversation and clothing swap. Make sure to stop by!