Illustrator Jérémie Royer is in residency at A Room with a View!

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

Jérémie Royer is the fifth author to have been selected to participate in writing residency A Room with a View. His stay in San Francisco (from May 1, to June 13, 2019) will be the opportunity for him to work on his next creation (inspired by Jack London and the Great North, and to meet with local universities, schools, libraries and authors.

Illustrator Jérémie Royer is currently is residency at A Room with A View to work on his next creation revolving around the Great North. Raised in Nice, Royer studied comic book art and illustration at the École supérieure des arts Saint-Luc in Brussels (Belgium). Listen to him talk about his San Francisco residency:

Royer started his residency by participating to the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley on May 5, 2019. Thanks to his thorough research writing Adubon: On the Wings of the World, Royer spoke in the panel “Bird's Eye View: Attention, Observation, Birdwatching, and the Fine Art of Doing Nothing”. Set at the beginning of the 19th century, Audubon tells the story of John James Audubon, a French-American naturalist adventurer and artist who embarked upon an epic ornithological quest across America. Audubon is renowned for writing Birds of America, which contains 435 life-size watercolors of North American birds and was published between 1827 and 1838.

Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage by Fabien Grolleau & Jérémie Royer

Royer also attended a creative writing course at Stanford University, on the occasion of the launch of graphic novel Flying Kites, a student creation about the 2013 California Prison Hunger Strike. He also talked about his work at Portland State University's French Literature Department, in Annabelle Dolidon's literature class.

The Stanford graphic novel project (2018-2019)

On May 28, 2019, Royer exhibited his drawings at the French Ameri-can Climate Talks on Biodiversity (FACT-B), a series of talks co-organized by the Embassies of France in the United States and Canada and developed in the lead-up to the COP21 and FACT-Oceans. Royer showed drawings from his latest collection of work, from Audubon, On the Wings of the World and Darwin, An Exceptional Voyage.

Earlier in May,  Jérémie Royer was awarded « Le goût des sciences » Prize at the Salon du Livre Paris for his collaboration with Fabien Grolleau on Darwin, An Exceptional Voyage. This prize was given by the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche, et de l'Innovation. This was not a first for Royer as Audubon, On the Wings of the World had been nominated twice at the Eisner Comic Industry Awards in 2018 and at San Diego’s Comic-Con.

Events that included Jérémie Royer during his San Francisco writing residency:

May 5, 2019: Jérémie Royer participated in the Bay Area Book Festival (Berkeley), for the panel "Bird's Eye View: Attention, Observation, Birdwatching, and the Fine Art of Doing Nothing".

May 7, 2019: Launch of Flying Kites, a graphic novel written collaboratively by a class of Stanford students (Stanford University).

May 24-25, 2019: Jérémie spoke in two creative writing classes at Portland State University (Portland).

May 28, 2019: Jérémie Royer exhibited his drawings on the occasion of FACT-B talks (Presidio Trust, San Francisco).

July 4, 2019: Jérémie Royer spoke at the French Residence about his work, during a cultural breakfast organized by the French American Cultural Society (San Francisco). 

July 4, 2019: Green Apple Books hosted a conversation between Jérémie Royer and fellow illustrator Roman Muradov (San Francisco). 

A Room with a View was created in 2017 through a collaborative effort between the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Consulate General of France in San Francisco and the French American Cultural Society, in partnership with Institut Français.

This program is made possible thanks to the support of and Mélanie and Pete Flint.

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