Little Girl Gazelle
A little girl gazelle leaps from page to page, asking hard questions about what is fair and right. She’s sleek and fleet, and the poetic language lifts her up, up, higher and faster as she whirls through the bold eloquence of the book’s illustrations, making colourful tracks, leaving her mark, finding her way, skimming and dancing through an unjust world.
Part fable, part metaphor, Little Girl Gazelle is an extraordinarily beautiful picture book focused on discrimination and equality, presenting parents’ subtle efforts to prepare their black gazelle child for “a world of lions.”
STÉPHANE MARTELLY is a writer, visual artist, and academic. Her numerous books include non-fiction, notably Les jeux du dissemblable: Folie, marge et féminin en littérature haïtienne contemporaine (Éditions Nota bene, 2016), poetry, and literature for children. Her picture book La maman qui s’absentait (Vents d’ailleurs, 2011) also illustrated by Albin Christen, won the prestigious Michel Tournier prize. Originally from Port-au-Prince, she has lived in Montreal since 2002.
ALBIN CHRISTEN is a Swiss artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. His exhibitions, prints, and publications reflect a hybrid of striking forms and intricate dreamscapes, often inspired by cultures from all over the world. He previously collaborated with Stéphane Martelly on the award-winning picture book La maman qui s’absentait.
KATIA GRUBISIC is a writer, editor, and translator. She was coordinator of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series, and was a founding member of the editorial board for the Icehouse Poetry imprint at Goose Lane Editions. Her own work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications. She has been a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for translation, and her collection of poems What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book. Her translation of A Cemetery for Bees was a finalist for the Governor General Literary Awards in 2021.