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Join The ArQuives, Toronto Public Library and Random House Canada for the book launch of Maurice Vellekoop’s autobiographical graphic novel, I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together; an epic graphic memoir about a queer illustrator surviving his intensely Christian childhood in 1970s Toronto.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

If you identify as a person with a disability and require an accessibility accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Accessibility Services by email, accessibleservices@tpl.ca, or voicemail, 416-393-7099, to make a request. Please contact us at least three weeks in advance.

Presented in partnership with Random House Canada and Toronto Public Library

MAURICE VELLEKOOP was born in 1964 in a suburb of Toronto. A prolific artist and illustrator, he has worked non-stop for the last three decades. I’M SO GLAD WE HAD THIS TIME TOGETHER is an enthralling portrait of what it means to be true to yourself, to learn to forgive, and to be an artist. An astonishing, epic graphic memoir in the spirit of Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, Maurice’s Vellekoop is the rarest of things: moving, funny, and triumphant.

“Maurice Vellekoop’s beautiful graphic memoir feels painfully honest. It’s about art and life and families and belief, about who we are and what forms us, the magic and the hurt, and it evokes times that are well-lost while reminding us of the battles still being fought every day. Most of all, I think, it’s about love.” —Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman.