Essex County

Jeff Lemire's graphic novel was a finalist on Canada Reads 2011.

Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire's minimalistic but intensely emotional story gives form to the author's inspired vision of what it means to live, work, dream and even die in a Southwestern Ontario rural community. The population of Lemire's fictional landscape is represented from childhood to old age through the characters of Lester, Lou and Anne. Their external world is rendered in stark black-and-white lines. The vividness of their interior lives, however, is what gives the graphic novel its colour and vitality.

Lemire won the Joe Shuster Award for outstanding Canadian comic book cartoonist in 2008, and the Doug Wright Award for best emerging talent in 2008, for Essex County. The book was a finalist for Canada Reads 2011, when it was defended by Sara Quin.

Interviews with Jeff Lemire

Comic artist Jeff Lemire

10 years ago
Duration 2:08
Featured VideoToronto writer and artist on his early inspirations and recent interest in telling a First Nations-inspired story with his new heroine in Justice League Canada.
Featured VideoThe graphic novelist and cartoonist on his favourite fictional character, his idea of perfect happiness, and why David Lynch and Tom Waits are heroes to him.
Featured VideoCBC Radio 2's Shift talks music and more with the Canada Reads authors.

Canada Reads 2011: Meet "Essex County" author Jeff Lemire

13 years ago
Duration 2:19
Featured VideoJeff Lemire, author of Essex County, talks about writing comics, Canada Reads and more.

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