New childrens’ book illustrated by OCAD U grad Chief Lady Bird

Chief Lady Bird (left) and Sunshine Tenaso (right). Courtesy: Scholastic Books.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 3:15pm

Indigenous artist and OCAD U alumna Chief Lady Bird has illustrated a new children’s book, Nibi's Water Song, about the importance of clean water. Chief Lady Bird completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting with a minor in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University in 2015. Written by Sunshine Tenasco, the founder of Her Braids, an organization committed to advocating for clean drinking water in Indigenous communities, the book will be published by Scholastic Books in July 2019.

Nibi is the Anishinaabemowin word for water. In Nibi's Water Song, an Indigenous girl named Nibi can't find clean water to drink. In the book, with no luck from her tap, or the nearby river, Nibi heads to the next town and starts knocking on doors looking for a safe source of drinking water.

Chief Lady Bird is Chippewa and Potawatomi from Rama and Moose Deer Point First Nations. Her Anishinaabe name is Ogimaakwebnes, which means Chief Lady Bird.  A CBC interview with Chief Lady Bird and Sunshine Tenasco is available online.  

"You’ll Distract the Boys!"

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

You're invited to immerse yourself in the culminating thesis exhibition and book launch of Toronto artist and MFA candidate Tara Krebs. "You’ll Distract the Boys!" is a non-linear storybook in which you assume the lives of various women and girls, and respond to common experiences they face. After every scenario presented, you are tasked with choosing how to proceed from a pair of possible responses. Each selection will affect the outcomes and potential consequences of these choices, and determine the direction of your narrative path.
During the exhibition, pages from the book will be displayed throughout the gallery so that guests can physically navigate the story. By confronting the narrative in public space, visitors' choices will be visible to others, and open to critique and judgement - resembling more closely what the characters might experience themselves.

"You’ll Distract the Boys!" addresses the deeply-imbedded influence of patriarchy on the discourse around women, and how it dictates the impossible standards of how they should look, speak, and behave. The goal of this project is to examine how literary role-play can be used as a pedagogic tool, and inspire compassion toward the lives of others. It also aims to provide a sense of solidarity to North American women and girls by acknowledging their diverse realms of experience.
Opening reception is Thursday, April 26, from 6:00pm-10pm, with an interactive live reading at 7:00pm. The exhibition runs from April 21-29. Visiting hours are 1:00pm-6:00pm, Wednesday to Sunday. The narrative will also be available for sale in book-format throughout the run of the show.
As this book/exhibition deals with topics such as body censorship, gender construct, and sexual violence, some readers/visitors may be sensitive to the content. Off-hour viewings can be arranged for women who require a safe space to view the work alone. If you would like to request a private viewing, or have any other questions, please contact the artist directly at

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave
You'll Distract the Boys!

Research Wednesday: Researching Pop Culture

the cover of the book National Treasure: Nicolas Cage by Lindsay Gibb
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Library's Learning Zone and e-Reserves Coordinator, Lindsay Gibb, is also the author of an award-winning book that explores Nicolas Cage's style of acting. In preparation for her book, she spent a year and a half researching the actor's various approaches to his profession and interpreting the intentions behind his choices. During this iteration of Research Wednesday, Lindsay will discuss the process of researching an acting style and explaining a misunderstood artist to a general audience.

For more information on National Treasure: Nicolas Cage visit ECW Press:

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone, 113 McCaul, main floor

SFI Alumna Madeline Ashby (MDes '11) finalist for CBC Books Canada Reads 2017

Madeline Ashby
Thursday, February 9, 2017

"I'm proud to announce that my latest novel, COMPANY TOWN, which is one big long science fiction prototype about the future of urban life after the oil bubble pops (and also a post-human serial-killer, and augmented reality, and the implications of CRISPR), has been selected as a finalist for CBC Books' 2017 Canada Reads competition.”

What is the one book Canadians need now? That's the question at the heart of the next edition of Canada Reads, which will take place from March 27 to 30, 2017. Ali Hassan, from CBC's Laugh Out Loud, will host the show for the first time.

"As part of the media process, I've gotten a lot of questions about my work as a foresight consultant, and the training I received in the SFI programme. I'm filming more today, and doing an event with the CEO of Chapters/Indigo, so we'll see how many times I can explain what foresight is in a single day."--Madeline Ashby

About Madeline:

Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer, futurist, speaker, and immigrant living in Toronto. She writes a column for the Ottawa Citizen. She is represented by Anne McDermid & Associates, and Jason Richman at UTA. You can buy her books here.

She has worked with Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, The Atlantic Council, the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination, and others. Her short fiction has appeared in Nature, FLURB, Tesseracts, Imaginarium, and Escape Pod. Her other essays and criticism have appeared at BoingBoing, io9, WorldChanging, Creators Project, Arcfinity,, MISC Magazine, FutureNow, and elsewhere.


Roberto Chiotti's book contribution recently published

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 3:00pm

Environmental Design Sessional Instructor Roberto Chiotti has recently contributed with a chapter of the recently published book "A Living, Self-sustaining Spaceship" by Rachel Armstrong, Ed.

His chapter contribution is titled "The dream drives the action: toward a functional cosmology for interstellar travel". It was published by Springer-Praxis Books, Chichester, UK.  

Rachel Armstrong was a keynote speaker for the Urban Ecologies 2015 Conference at OCADU which Roberto Chiotti co-chaired with Bruce Hinds.


Star Ark

Frank Newfeld Design Exhibit + Book signing of Drawing on Type

cover image of book, Drawing On Type
Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:00pm to Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 2:00am

Please join the Communication Designers of Toronto as they honour design pioneer Frank Newfeld.


Saturday, November 29 – Saturday, December 6
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

As a continuation of the Cdot’s Design Pioneers Exhibit, Communication Designers of Toronto (Cdot) honours OCAD alumnus Frank Newfeld, his historic design work and new book Drawing on Type at Swipe Books on Advertising and Design. Drawing on Type is the fascinating life-story of one of Canada’s most accomplished book publishing figures: Frank Newfeld, designer/illustrator/educator (retired) and author.

A true pioneer of Toronto’s early design scene, Newfeld has designed over 650 books and won over 167 international awards. From a humble studio on Spadina Avenue in 1954, he rose to become Vice-President of Publishing at McClelland & Stewart, head of the illustration program at Sheridan College and Co-founder/President of the Society of Typographic Designers of Canada (now the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - GDC).

Space for the opening is limited!
Please RSVP by by Tuesday, November 25 to:

Venue & Address: 
Swipe Books on Advertising and Design 401 Richmond Street West, Suite #121, Toronto, Ontario

Emma Westecott publishes book chapter addressing Gender in Games

Cover of book.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 4:00am

Faculty Member Emma Westecott has published a chapter entitled "Playing with Gender: Promoting Representational Diversity with Dress-Up, Cross-Dressing and Drag in Games" in Etc Press's book "Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: Intersectional Perspectives and Inclusive Designs in Gaming", edited by Yasmin B. Kafai, Gabriela T. Richard, Brendesha M. Tynes. 

You can find more information about the book, including an option for a free digital download in the link below.

BOOK LAUNCH - Janice Gurney: All the Spaces and Nur: Jamelie Hassan

Event Poster
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Presented on behalf of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University is pleased to launch two books. The first is Janice Gurney: All the Spaces (McIntosh Gallery, 2016), an exhibition catalogue edited by Julian Jason Haladyn that documents the exhibition of works related to a Marcus Aurelius meditation by Toronto-based artist Janice Gurney. The second is Nur: Jamelie Hassan (Blue Medium Press, 2016), edited by Jamelie Hassan and Julian Jason Haladyn, which documents Hassan’s 2014 installation Nur in the library of the Great Mosque of Xi’an, situated within the Hui (Muslim) quarter of the old city in Xi’an, China. Accompanying the launch of this book is an introduction by Janice Gurney.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, room 187

Lindsay Gibb’s National Treasure: Nicolas Cage listed as a top book of 2015

Photo of Lindsday Gibb
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:00am

OCAD U E-Reserves and Learning Zone Technician Lindsay Gibb’s first book has been listed by the National Post as one of the 99 best books of 2015. Gibb calls National Treasure: Nicolas Cage a critique/celebration of Cage’s style of acting and the range of roles he has chosen over his career.

Gibb is a journalist who has been at OCAD U since 2013, having worked in the library for the previous two years as a reference intern. She is in the early stages of writing her next book.

Interviewed by Metro Toronto, Gibb admits that her fondness for the actor turned into “a bit of an obsession” while researching the book.

The book is part of the ECW (entertainment culture writing) Press Pop Classics series and is widely available in bookstores and online.

“I didn’t know I wanted to understand Nicolas Cage until I read Lindsay Gibb’s book. Now I’m sure of it.” — Jesse Wente, director of film programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox.