Illustrator In Residence: October 17 – November 10


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence has been cancelled. This includes all programming and portfolio reviews with Dianna Bonder.

It was an honour to have had such talented artist in residence at EPL. We thank both Dianna and IBBY Canada for the programming and opportunity.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program is a joint project of IBBY Canada and the Edmonton Public Library with financial support provided by Joanne’s family. The program honours the memory of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956-2011), illustrator of Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, Doctor Kiss Says Yes (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award) and many other books for children.

Dianna Bonder

Dianna Bonder is EPL’s first Illustrator in Residence.  Dianna studied fine arts, illustration and design in Toronto, then moved to Vancouver to work as a commercial artist. Tired of the hustle and tight deadlines of commercial art, Dianna evolved a unique style which found its way into children’s books.

After the success of her first book The Pacific Alphabet in 2001, other books followed including Accidental Alphabet, Three Royal Tales, Digging Canadian Dinosaurs, Leon’s Song and Dogabet. Dianna now lives on Gabriola Island BC and is working on her 15th children’s book.

Find out more about Dianna Bonder and her work.

Public Events


Dianna will be offering two public programs for adults and one for children.

Adult Programs:

Children Program:

Customer Testimonial

"The children loved Dianna's presentation. We had an absolutely amazing experience at Dianna's Workshop. Her ability to interact with the kids was inspiring. She is such an amazing lady. Her books are fun, full of life and so inspiring. Thank you." - Tonya Luffman and son, Nathan 


Portfolio Reviews

High school art students and adults can schedule a one-to-one portfolio review with Dianna Bonder. Thirty minute reviews will be held at the Stanley A. Milner Library. Portfolio reviews must be arranged in advance through IBBY Canada.  Book a portfolio review now.  Reviews are first come first booked.


Dianna’s original artwork will be on display at the Stanley A. Milner Library from October 17 to November 10.

School Visits and Outreach

As part of this residency, IBBY Canada has arranged for Dianna to provide art workshops to a limited number of elementary classes at the Stanley A. Milner Library. She will also be providing a limited number of art workshops in the community. For more information, visit IBBY Canada.


The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), founded in 1953, is a network of organizations in over 70 countries, committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada promotes quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program offers a published Canadian children’s book illustrator a month-long residency in a public library. The program is a joint project of IBBY Canada and Edmonton Public Library with financial support from Joanne’s family. Previous Illustrators in Residence were Martha Newbigging (2013), Patricia Storms (2014) and John Martz (2015), all at the Toronto Public Library.