Christian Quesnel talks about illustrating ‘A Train In The Night’

Here’s my chat with Christian Quesnel about A Train In The Night. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And the podcast is also available on YouTube. Please like and subscribe to that video channel.

Christian is the author and illustrator of several award-winning comic books, including Cœurs d’ArgileLudwigFélix Leclerc: L’alouette en liberté, and Vous avez détruit la beauté du monde, which won the Grand prix de la ville de Québec in 2021. In fall 2008, he became the first comic strip artist to win the Prix à la création artistique from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for his body of work. He holds a master’s degree in museology and arts practices from the University of Quebec in Outaouais, in Gatineau, where he is currently a doctoral student.With writer Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny, he illustrated A Train In The Night from Between The Lines books, selected by CBC Books as one of the ’20 Canadian books we can’t wait to read in November’.

A Train In The Night tells the story of a “summer night in 2013, when a runaway train loaded with explosive oil derailed in the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. One of the deadliest rail disasters in Canadian history, Lac-Mégantic stands as a haunting narrative of how the powerful profit from collective tragedy. In this vivid, full-colour work of graphic nonfiction, award-winning author Anne-Marie and Christian trace the path of the locomotive from the scene of the crime all the way back to cowboy producers of Dakota black gold, Wall Street investors, and politicians in the pocket of the billion-dollar oil and gas industry”.

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