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Four trend-setting authors show off their favourite #BookLooks inspired by Canadian literature

jaye simpson does a book look for This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray BelcourtThis Wound is a World, Billy-Ray Belcourt (Frontenac House)
I wanted to do Indigenous Book Looks to share my love for the works and directly show that it’s not just cis women who can turn out looks! My looks are often well thought out and planned, I’ve had some failures and just don’t post those because although I use make up for fun, as a trans woman, makeup is so much more than just that, it’s sometimes what keeps me alive and safe.” jaye simpson

 

Domenica Martinello does a makeup look inspired by the cover for Megan Gail Coles's Small Game HuntingSmall Game Hunting, Megan Gail Coles (House of Anansi Press)
“I bought this book immediately after hearing Coles read from it at an event in Montreal – trust me, it was memorable. And so is the cover. I love when that synchronicity happens! With the book getting buzz on Canada Reads, I thought a makeup look would inspire new readers to pick it up.” –Domenica Martinello

 

The Skin We’re In, Desmond Cole (Doubleday Canada)
“I chose this book because it was very influential in my understanding of my identity as a Black person and Canada’s history of race and discrimination. This final look was the second attempt, as it was a brief challenge to figure out how to best showcase the cover’s bright colours against my skin.” –Terese Mason Pierre

The Festival of Literary Diversity
“I won’t lie, the look took a long time. But I wanted to do something extra special for the festival, and something unlike what I’d done before. It incorporates the four colours from the FOLD Foundation’s logo and I even wore a shirt in their official shade of blue.” –Jenny Heijun Wills