By Cliff Carlson
Eoin Colfer was in town yesterday promoting his lates book, Illegal, at the American Writer's Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave.
Eoin and co-author, Andrew Donkin were celebrating the release of their graphic novel about an eleven-year-old boy attempting to make the dangerous journey from Ghana to Europe. The book is designed to hopefully help teach a new generation empathy and understanding for the plight of immigrants.
About the Book
Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life—the same journey their sister set out on months ago.
But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family.
"The book is illustrated by Giovanni Rigano - more pictures than words - and is designed more for a youngster than someone my age, but I have to say I found it thoroughly interesting and engaging. Few words are used but the message gets across loud and clear. I would highly recommend this book to anyone." Cliff Carlson, Publisher Irish American News
In 2018 filming of the Artemis Fowl movie began in England, Northern Ireland and Ho Chi Minh City. The film, which will release in 2019, stars Ferdia Shaw as Artemis Fowl, and Judie Deench as Commander Root. The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and Conor McPherson wrote the screenplay.
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!
After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.
He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
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The event was put on by Sourcebooks, www.sourcebooks.com, The largest woman-owned trade book publisher in North America.