Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCBWI EXHIBITION   |   North Vancouver, British Columbia   |   February 7 to April 9, 2018

Our art will be on display at the Lynn Valley Library along with the work of other SCBWI members, both published and pre-published. Come and see the kidlit art that’s coming out of the Greater Vancouver area!

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PAST EVENTS

MAKER CAMP   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   July 4, 2017

Holman re-joins the faculty for this girls only Maker Camp, hosted by the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Maker Foundation, hosted at UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE  |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   February, 7, 14 & 17, 2017

Holman is excited to return to Crofton House School to teach both needle felting and wet felting.

VPL / CWILL PANEL PRESENTATION |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   March 8, 2017

Holman will present on a panel on breaking into the world of children’s literature. He will be joined on the panel by Suzanne de Montigny, Claire Eamer, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Ellen Schwartz and Janet White. At the Central Library at 7:00 pm.

CAPILANO UNIVERSITY  |   North Vancouver, British Columbia   |  March 15, 2017

Holman will talk about bookmaking and career change at Capilano University.

EXHIBITION  |   Hampstead, New York   |   November 21, 2016 to February 14, 2017

We are honoured to have our work on display in an exhibition entitled “Deeply Felt: The Art of Cozy Classics,” running now until Valentine’s Day at the Alex Rosenberg Gallery at Hofstra University.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE  |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   November 7, 8 & 22, 2016, January 11 – 13, 2017

Holman returns to Queen Mary Elementary to continue his Artist’s Residency, this time with a focus on writing and community building.

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VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY   |  Vancouver, British Columbia  |   November 18, 2016

Holman will give a presentation about his work and lead a needle-felting workshop at the Hastings Branch of the VPL. The event is for teens, and registration is required.

LIFELONG LEARNING ALUMNI EVENT  |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   November 2, 2016

Holman will join a panel to discuss the “chaos theory of careers” — the idea that careers often take non-linear paths and can change in unpredictable ways. More details soon!

GLOBAL CIVIC’S PUBLIC SALON  |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   October 13, 2016

Holman is honoured to be added to the list of speakers who have participated in this Vancouver institution, spearheaded by former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan and his partner Lynn Zanatta. More details soon!

PORT MOODY PUBLIC LIBRARY   |   Port Moody, British Columbia   |   October 15, 2015

Holman celebrates Star Wars Reads Day at the Port Moody Public Library! Meet Holman from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm in the main lobby. If you want to try felting, his workshop runs from 3:30 to 5:00. Register for the workshop here.

JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA AGM   |  Washington, DC  |   October 21 – 23, 2016

Jack will lead a special session on the making of our version of Emma and Cozy Classics at the Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting. The theme of the gathering is: Emma at 200: “No One But Herself.”

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION  |   Tacoma, Washington   |   October 1, 2016

Holman has been invited to sign copies of Cozy Classics: The Nutcracker at PNBA’s Sweet & Greet dessert reception event on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm, as part of PNBA’s annual fall tradeshow at the Hotel Murano. See you there!

SCIENCE WORLD  |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   September 17, 2016

Holman will give a needle felting workshop for Project DIY, a program designed to give young girls the skills and do-it-yourself know-how to jump-start an exciting journey into the Maker world.

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BOOK CAMP – VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY   |  Vancouver, British Columbia  |   August 8 – 12, 2016

Holman is delighted to be invited to be a workshop leader for this year’s VPL Book Camp, a unique day camp that lets youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators.

MAKER CAMP   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   July 4 to 7, 2016

Holman joins the faculty for this girls only Maker Camp, hosted by the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Maker Foundation, hosted at UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories.

BOOKTOPIA CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL   |   West Vancouver, British Columbia   |   May 11, 2016

Holman will give presentations on his books to two groups of 400+ grade 2 students! Thanks to the West Vancouver Memorial Library for the invitation.

UNTOLD STORIES OF… COLLISIONS BETWEEN ART & SCIENCE   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   May 4, 2016

Curiosity Collider promotes interdisciplinary collaborations at the intersection of technology, art, culture, and humanity. Holman joins the roster of presenters for this Star Wars Day event at Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive at 8:00 pm.

THE MAKING OF COZY CLASSICS AND STAR WARS EPIC YARNS   |  Ithaca, New York  |   April 26, 2016

Come to this free talk at 7:00 pm in the Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at how Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns were made.

CUBA CIRCULATING LIBRARY   |   Cuba, New York   |   April 23, 2016

Jack will give a presentation at 11:00 am on his creative process, as well as the publication process. Felt figures will be on display, so come on down and have a look!

COZY CLASSICS DINNER TOUR   |   New York City, Boston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle  |   February 2 – 5, 2016

Jack and Holman have both coasts covered as they head out to meet booksellers to spread the word about the Cozy Classics re-launch with Chronicle Books! Jack will host bookseller dinners in New York City and Boston, while Holman does the same in Minneapolis, Chicago and Seattle.

STAR WARS EPIC YARNS EXHIBITION AT THE STRONG, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PLAY   |   Rochester, New York   |   September 2015 to January 2016

Star Wars Epic Yarns gets it own exhibition! Felt figures from our book series, as well as oversized backlit prints, are on display now at The Strong. According to Forbes magazine, The Strong is “one of the most unique and impressive children’s museums on earth”, and we’re thrilled to be there!

NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN   |   Poulsbo, Washington   |   January 20, 2016

Holman will give a presentation on his work as well as conduct a needle-felting workshop for NCAD students. Thanks to Professor Susan Ogilvie for the invitation!

SCBWI WESTERN WASHINGTON   |   Seattle, Washington   |   January 20, 2016

Holman will give a presentation entitled The Making of “Star Wars Epic Yarns” to members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington at 7:00 pm at Seattle Pacific University.

SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS ORIGINAL ART EXHIBIT   |   New York City, New York   |   October 28 to December 23, 2015

Artwork from Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope will be part of an exhibition of 2015’s best illustrations for children. Holman and Jack will both be attending the reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, October 29, 2015, so if you plan to be there, drop us a line. We’d love to see you in the Big Apple!

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JASNA NEW YORK METROPOLITAN REGION   |   New York City, New York   |   December 12, 2015

Jack will be giving a presentation to the Jane Austen Society of North America – New York Metropolitan Region entitled “Making Cozy Classics: Translating Jane Austen into Board Books.” The General Society Library, 1:30pm.

NV DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY   |   North Vancouver, British Columbia   |   December 5, 2015

Holman gives a talk from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the Capilano Library entitled Get Creative: The Force Behind Epic Yarns and Cozy Classics on the process behind making his book series, and how he broke into the world of publishing.

SURREY LIBRARIES   |   Surrey, British Columbia   |   December 3, 2015

Hang out with Holman! From 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm, Holman will talk with teens and pre-teens about the process of creating his books, teach a little needle felting, and eat pizza! Come join the fun in the Teen Lounge at the fabulous City Center Library. Details.

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LITERACY HAIDA GWAII   |   Queen Charlotte and Masset, British Columbia   |   November 20 – 22, 2015

Holman give artist talks and felting workshops in majestic Haida Gwaii! Details here.

LULULEMON ATHLETICA   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   November 18, 2015

Holman is excited to speak to the staff at Vancouver’s own lululemon athletica, one of the world’s premiere athletic apparel companies. Holman will speak about career change, creativity and the role of athletics in his life.

UBC LAW / BUSINESS EVENT   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   November 18, 2015

Holman will give a PechaKucha style presention at this alumni event taking place from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the VanCity Theatre.

INTERESTING VANCOUVER   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   November 6, 2015

Holman speaks at this fascinating gathering of the curious and unexpected.

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THE WRITE THING READING SERIES   |   Buffalo, New York   |   October 15, 2015

Jack will give a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns. 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Medaille College, Main Building, 4th floor.

NEW YORK COMIC-CON   |   New York City, New York   |   October 11, 2015

Jack will speak on a panel at 2:30 PM entitled “Geek: Constructing Fandoms”. Here’s the panel description, and here’s Jack’s full NYCC schedule.

PORT MOODY PUBLIC LIBRARY   |   Port Moody, British Columbia   |   October 10, 2015

Holman celebrates Star Wars Reads Day at the Port Moody Public Library from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Come see felt figures from Epic Yarns, chat with Holman about his artistic process, and try needle felting for yourself! Details here.

LiterASIAN   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   October 9, 2015

Holman will be giving a workshop entitled “A publishing career: breaking in and staying in” at LiterAsian, a festival of Pacific Rim Canadian Writing. The workshop takes place from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM at the UBC Learning Exchange.

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THE WOMEN’S PROBUS CLUB OF VANCOUVER   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   August 4, 2015

Holman will present Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns to a private gathering of retired businesswomen. The event will take place at the Point Grey Golf & Country Club.

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BURNABY PUBLIC LIBRARY   |   Burnaby, British Columbia   |   July 25 & 27, 2015

Come hear how the Wang brothers made Star Wars Epic Yarns, and enjoy a craft session! Details and registration here.

  • Saturday, July 25, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM – McGill Branch    *full*
  • Saturday, July 25, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Metrotown Branch
  • Monday, July 27, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Tommy Douglas Branch
  • Monday, July 27, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Cameron Branch   *full*

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DOWNTOWN BOOKS AND PURL   |   Apalachicola, Florida   |   July 25, 2015

Join Jack from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM as he discusses Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns and signs books! Jack is holding the event with his wife Angelina Mirabella, author of the acclaimed novel The Sweetheart (Simon & Schuster). Event details here.

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COMIC-CON | San Diego, California | July 9 – 12, 2015

Holman will be at SDCC! Here’s his schedule:

  • Friday, July 10, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Star Wars Panel, Room 7 AB
  • Friday, July 10, 3:30 PM, book signing at Booth #1506 (Chronicle Books)
  • Friday, July 10, 7:00 PM, book signing (with Jeffrey Brown), offsite at Kitson San Diego
  • Saturday, July 11, 1:30 PM, book signing at Booth #1506 (Chronicle Books)
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BEDFORD PARK FESTIVAL   |   London, England   |   June 20, 2015

Jack is currently living in England, and he will be presenting Star Wars Epic Yarns at the Bedford Park Festival, as well as leading a children’s craft session! This is a ticketed event. More details TBA.

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VANCOUVER MINI MAKER FAIRE   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   June 6 & 7, 2015

Holman has been invited to be a Maker at this year’s VMMF! Check out the Star Wars Epic Yarns booth in the Textile Village (felt figures will be on display), as well as Holman’s presentation on Saturday at 4:00 pm!

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UBC DIALOGUES   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   May 25, 2015

UBC Alumni has invited Holman to participate in a panel discussion entitled In search of happiness: Is there a secret to feeling content? The event is already sold out!

 

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MAKER FAIRE   |   San Mateo, California   |   May 16, 2015

Holman will give a behind-the-scenes look at how Star Wars Epic Yarns was made, from needle felting to set-making to in-studio and on-location photography. Saturday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. at the Make: Live Stage.

 

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LUCASFILM LTD.   |   San Francisco, California   |   May 15, 2015

Holman has the great privilege of giving a private talk to Lucasfilm staff about the process of creating Star Wars Epic Yarns. Holman will be bringing Star Wars felt figures for display, and giving a needle-felting demonstration.

 

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GOOGLE TECH CORNERS  |   Sunnyvale, California   |   May 14, 2015

Wow! Holman has been invited to give a Google Talk entitled “From bar wars to Star Wars: How a lawyer came to create kids books in a galaxy far, far away.” Look for it on Google’s YouTube channel soon!

BOCA DEL STAR WARS   |   Vancouver, British Columbia   |   May 2, 2015

Holman joins forces with Boca del Lupo, one of Vancouver’s most innovative theatre companies, to throw a launch party for Star Wars Epic Yarns! Details.

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STAR WARS CELEBRATION   |   Anaheim, California   |   April 17, 2015

Holman will speak on a panel with Jeffrey Brown on “Star Wars: Bridging the Generations”. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m at Star Wars University, 206AB, with book signing to follow from 2:00 – 2:45 pm at Mysterious Galaxy (Booth #960).

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NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP   |   Anaheim, California   |   April 16, 2015

Holman will give a Star Wars needle felting workshop at The Makery Craft Co. from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Come and learn to needle felt a Jawa! Check out all the details here.

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READ LOCAL BC   |   Richmond, British Columbia   |   April 10, 2015

Come out to the Brighouse Library at 7:00 p.m. on April 10, 2015 to hear Holman give a presentation called “A Look Behind the Force: Books Inspired by a Galaxy Far, Far Away”. Details and event sign-up here.

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SXSW INTERACTIVE FESTIVAL   |   Austin, Texas   |   March 17, 2015

Holman and Nathan Gebhard, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation, will lead a Core Conversation entitled Build a Life, Not a Resume at 11:00 a.m. at the JW Marriott.

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AMERICAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION – WINTER INSTITUTE 2015   |   Asheville, North Carolina   |   February 10, 2015

Holman will be signing advance copies of Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Author Reception & ABFFE Silent Auction at WI10. The event takes place in the Grand Ballroom at the Omni Grove Park Inn.