Friday, 13 September 2013
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
I've wanted to write a novel for much longer than I've wanted to make picture books - which makes the release (in September) of my first novel quite special for me. It's not a kids novel either - so it's a step in a strange new direction. Staying on the topic of strange... the book deals with the aftermath of the launch of a nuclear powered space ship that was built in secret by the apartheid government. The novel lands itself in the Speculative Fiction/Thriller genre - which is a complicated way of saying that it is an easy read about weird stuff. I was even lucky enough to be able to design and illustrate the cover - which depicts two bat-eared foxes gazing up at the sky-bound rocket.
South African science and non-standard fiction novels are beginning to blossom all around the place - and my publisher here, Umuzi, publishes the bulk of them. If you're local, then keep an eye out for their books - and if you're based somewhere else in the world, I'd suggest you order a couple online. There's a bizarre non-conforming originality to these novels, that you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere.
Posted by Alex Latimer at Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
For some months last year I worked on this wonderful new book that Penguin approached me to illustrate. It's not often I get to collaborate with a literary genius, or someone who is dead, or someone so well moustached - and Rudyard is all three. It was such fun re-visiting and re-imagining these stories that I was so familiar with as a child. The end result landed on my desk this morning, and I'm thrilled with it.
Posted by Alex Latimer at Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Monday, 18 March 2013
I've always struggled to find an easy way to manage sales of my prints - sometimes an order for a print comes in and I'm in deadline mode and it can takes weeks before I have the time to pick-up the print from the printers', package and post it. So please embrace The Fineprint - a local, high-quality, print, package and despatch online store that will make ordering prints simple for everyone. I've also managed to keep the print prices down. Click your way over there and have a browse. (It's South Africa only for now, but give it time.)
Posted by Alex Latimer at Monday, March 18, 2013