Artist: Nandi Taylor
My parents immigrated to Canada from the Caribbean in the 80’s, and it’s from them I inherited my adventurous spirit and curiosity around all the possibilities life has to offer. Thanks to the foundation they set for me, I was able to forge my own path, journeying to the other side of the globe: Tokyo, Japan. Amidst this beautiful, unfamiliar landscape I lived and taught, every experience moulding and shaping my character, and nurturing my creativity. While there, I started writing what would go on to become my first published book. And though it was set in a fantasy world, it was the culmination of all my experiences, trials, and tribulations abroad. The sun patterns represent my parent’s homeland and Japan, the land of the rising sun.
About the Artist
Nandi Taylor is a Canadian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent based in Toronto. Her debut novel Given garnered over one million reads on the online story sharing site Wattpad and earned a starred review from ALA’s Booklist magazine. Common themes she writes about are growth, courage, and finding one’s place in the world.