CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Due to COVID-19, all current events have been cancelled or postponed. Please check back in the future for more of Holman’s events!
SELECT PAST EVENTS
Vancouver, British Columbia | January 8, 2020
Holman was part of the amazing line-up for The Flame — authors edition — at Cottage Bistro. It was a night of “true stories by the people who lived them.”
PORTLAND BOOK FESTIVAL
Portland, Oregon | November 9, 2019
Holman was invited to the Portland Book Festival! It was an absolutely fabulous event! Holman gave a storytime presentation and joined picture book makers Toni Yuly and Catherine Lazar Odell for a panel talk.
Vancouver, British Columbia | November 27, 2019
Holman was the QUIZMASTER for the third time at the BC Kids’ Lit Quiz event! Teams of kids answered 100 questions about children’s literature, with winners going on to the nationals.
Vancouver, British Columbia | October 23 & 26, 2019
Holman was invited to the Vancouver Writer’s Festival! He did a group presentation with Cale Atkinson and Aron Nels Steinke on October 23, then gave a solo presentation on Free Saturday on October 26.
SEWARD, Nebraska | September 19 — 21, 2019
Holman was very pleased to participate in this festival in a small way — making a contribution of art for the online auction to raise funds for the event.
Seattle, Washington | September 28, 2019
Holman had a great time joining an illustrious lineup of kidlit authors and illustrators for the first ever Seattle Children’s Book Festival! Check out the full lineup here!
Vancouver, British Columbia | September 14, 2019
Holman displayed his felt figures for one day only at Maker Faire Vancouver, being held this year at Telus World of Science.
Portland, Oregon | June 29, 2019 – September 2, 2019
Holman joined hundreds of other artists in a group exhibition featuring illustrated postcards to celebrate the 20 Anniversary of Buy Olympia (where we have our online store). The opening took place on June 29 at the Land Gallery.
Vancouver, British Columbia | July 17 & 20, 2019
Thirty years after attending Shad Valley at Acadia University, Holman is thrilled to be a workshop leader and panelist for Shad Valley at UBC. Holman will be talking about his book-making journey and leading felting workshops.
Florence, Italy | June 20 — 22, 2019
Wow! Holman was one of 25 select artists from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition to participate in an exhibition during the Pitti Bimbo fashion show on the collision of fashion and children’s art!
Bologna, Italy | April 1 — 4, 2019
Holman was exhibited at the BCBF Illustrators Exhibition for a second time this year for work from Great Job, Dad! His art will also be exhibted in Japan throughout the summer of 2019.
Vancouver, British Columbia | April 2, 2019
Kidsbooks hosted the launch party for Holman’s new picture books, Great Job, Mom! and Great Job, Dad! And you know what? It was Holman’s birthday to boot. It was a great celebration!
Richmond, British Columbia | February 18 – 22, 2019
Holman gave a presentation and various workshops during the week-long festival to school-aged children from all over the Lower Mainland.
Seattle, Washington | January 25 – 27, 2019
Holman signed books and rubbed shoulders with librarians from around the US during the ALA Midwinter Conference to promote his new companion picture books, Great Job, Mom! and Great Job, Dad!
Vancouver, British Columbia | January 16, 2019
UBC students heard Holman and others on a moderated panel and learned how the panelists have navigated the peaks and valleys of their non-linear career journeys.
Vancouver, British Columbia | November 28, 2018
Holman was thrilled to be the QUIZMASTER again for the BC Kids’ Lit Quiz event! Teams of kids answered 100 questions about children’s literature, with winners going on to the nationals. Internationals in 2018 were in Singapore!
Vancouver, British Columbia | October 15 – 21, 2018
Holman has joined the board of the Vancouver Writers Festival! Holman will be attending various events, so if you catch a glimpse of him, stop and say hello!
Vancouver, British Columbia | October 13, 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia | July 4, 2018
For the third straight year, Holman joined the faculty for this girls only Maker Camp, hosted by the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Maker Foundation at UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories.
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates | April 20 – 25, 2018
Holman attended the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival as a guest author! Holman gave a workshop on Sunday, April 22 at the Festival, and visited the Sharjah Indian School on Monday, April 23.
North Vancouver, British Columbia | February 7 to April 9, 2018
Cozy Classics artwork was on display at the Lynn Valley Library along with the work of other SCBWI members, both published and pre-published.
Vancouver, British Columbia | November 16, 2017
Holman was thrilled to be the QUIZMASTER for the BC Kids Lit Quiz event! Teams of kids from various local public and private schools answered 100 questions about children’s literature, with winners going on to the nationals.
Various Fraser Valley locations, British Columbia | Fall 2017
Holman toured the wonderful schools and libraries of the Fraser Valley (Mission, Ladner, Sardis, Langley, Murrayville, Agassiz, Hope and Maple Ridge).
Vancouver, British Columbia | February, 7, 14 & 17, 2017
Holman returned to Crofton House School to teach both needle felting and wet felting.
Vancouver, British Columbia | March 8, 2017
Holman presented on a panel on breaking into the world of children’s literature. He was joined on the panel by Suzanne de Montigny, Claire Eamer, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Ellen Schwartz and Janet White.
North Vancouver, British Columbia | March 15, 2017
Holman talked about bookmaking and career change at Capilano University.
Hampstead, New York | November 21, 2016 to February 14, 2017
We were honoured to have our work on display in an exhibition entitled “Deeply Felt: The Art of Cozy Classics” at the Alex Rosenberg Gallery at Hofstra University.
Vancouver, British Columbia | November 7, 8 & 22, 2016, January 11 – 13, 2017
Holman returned to Queen Mary Elementary to continue his Artist’s Residency, this time with a focus on writing and community building.
Vancouver, British Columbia | November 2, 2016
Holman joined a panel to discuss the “chaos theory of careers” — the idea that careers often take non-linear paths and can change in unpredictable ways.
Vancouver, British Columbia | October 13, 2016
Holman was 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.
Tacoma, Washington | October 1, 2016
Holman signed copies of Cozy Classics: The Nutcracker at PNBA’s Sweet & Greet dessert reception as part of PNBA’s annual fall tradeshow at the Hotel Murano.
Vancouver, British Columbia | September 17, 2016
Holman gave 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.
Vancouver, British Columbia | August 8 – 12, 2016
Holman was thrilled to be a workshop leader for VPL Book Camp, a unique day camp that lets youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators.
West Vancouver, British Columbia | May 11, 2016
Holman gave presentations on his books to two groups of 400+ grade 2 students! Thanks to the West Vancouver Memorial Library for the invitation.
Vancouver, British Columbia | May 4, 2016
Curiosity Collider promotes interdisciplinary collaborations at the intersection of technology, art, culture, and humanity. Holman joined the roster of presenters for this Star Wars Day event at Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive.
New York City, Boston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle | February 2 – 5, 2016
Jack and Holman had both coasts covered as they headed out to meet booksellers to spread the word about the Cozy Classics re-launch with Chronicle Books! Jack hosted bookseller dinners in New York City and Boston, while Holman did the same in Minneapolis, Chicago and Seattle.
Rochester, New York | September 2015 to January 2016
Star Wars Epic Yarns got it own exhibition! Felt figures from our book series, as well as oversized backlit prints, were on display at The Strong, “one of the most unique and impressive children’s museums on earth” (Forbes magazine).
Poulsbo, Washington | January 20, 2016
Holman gave a presentation on his work as well as conducted a needle-felting workshop for NCAD students. Thanks to Professor Susan Ogilvie for the invitation!
Seattle, Washington | January 20, 2016
Holman gave 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 Pacific University.
New York City, New York | October 28 to December 23, 2015
Artwork from Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope was part of an exhibition of 2015’s best illustrations for children. Others in the show included Sophie Blackall, Eric Carle, Tony DiTerlizzi, Oliver Jeffers, Jon Klassen, Nikki McClure, Julie Morstad, Hervé Tullet and Mo Willems.
North Vancouver, British Columbia | December 5, 2015
Holman gave a talk 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, British Columbia | December 3, 2015
Holman spoke to teens and pre-teens about the process of creating his books, taught a little needle felting, and ate pizza! Mmmmmm.
Queen Charlotte and Masset, British Columbia | November 20 – 22, 2015
Holman gave artist talks and felting workshops in majestic Haida Gwaii. Thank you Literacy Haida Gwaii for the invitation!
Vancouver, British Columbia | November 18, 2015
Holman spoke to the staff at Vancouver’s own lululemon athletica, one of the world’s premiere athletic apparel companies. Holman spoke about career change, creativity and the role of athletics in his life.
Vancouver, British Columbia | November 18, 2015
Holman gave a PechaKucha-style presentation at this alumni event at the VanCity Theatre.
Vancouver, British Columbia | November 6, 2015
Holman presented at this fascinating gathering of the curious and unexpected.
Vancouver, British Columbia | October 9, 2015
Holman gave a workshop entitled “A publishing career: breaking in and staying in” at LiterAsian, a festival of Pacific Rim Canadian Writing.
San Diego, California | July 9 – 12, 2015
Holman had a blast at SDCC, including signing books with Star Wars author Jeffrey Brown (of Darth Vader and Son fame)!
Vancouver, British Columbia | June 6 & 7, 2015
Holman gave a presentation and exhibited his Star Wars Epic Yarns figures in the Textile Village.
Vancouver, British Columbia | May 25, 2015
Holman participated in a panel discussion entitled In search of happiness: Is there a secret to feeling content? The event was hosted by Alumni UBC.
San Mateo, California | May 16, 2015
Holman gave 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, at the Make: Live Stage.
San Francisco, California | May 15, 2015
Holman had the privilege of giving a private talk to Lucasfilm staff about the process of creating Star Wars Epic Yarns. Holman brought Star Wars felt figures to show off, and gave a needle-felting demonstration.
Sunnyvale, California | May 14, 2015
Holman was 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.”
Vancouver, British Columbia | May 2, 2015
Holman joined forces with Boca del Lupo, one of Vancouver’s most innovative theatre companies, to throw a launch party for Star Wars Epic Yarns!
Anaheim, California | April 17, 2015
Holman spoke on a panel with Jeffrey Brown on “Star Wars: Bridging the Generations” at Star Wars University, and signed books at the Mysterious Galaxy booth.
Austin, Texas | March 17, 2015
Holman and Nathan Gebhard, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation, lead a Core Conversation entitled Build a Life, Not a Resume at the JW Marriott.
Asheville, North Carolina | February 10, 2015
Holman signed advance copies of Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope at the Author Reception & ABFFE Silent Auction at WI10 in the Grand Ballroom at the Omni Grove Park Inn.
Bologna, Italy | March 25 — 28, 2013
Holman and Jack were so honoured to be included in the Illustrators Exhibtion for the 50th Anniversary version of BCBF. Artwork from Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice was selected for the exhibition in Italy, and then toured various museums in Japan.