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Featured YA Book: Photographing Greatness by lian goodall

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Featured YA Book: Photographing Greatness by lian goodall

Napoleon & Company, 2007

About the book:
Yousuf Karsh emigrated to North America from Turkey in the 1920s, eventually settling in Ottawa. An early interest in photography inspired him to open his own studio. As he became known for the quality of his work, Karsh's close proximity to powerful leaders in Ottawa led to commissions of portraits of politicians. He became known as the worlds' finest portrait photographer for his gift of drawing out and capturing a subject's character in a photograph. Over a seventy plus year career, Karsh photographed many famous musicians, artists, actors, captains of industry and politlcians. He was also a humanitarian who worked with sick children. This is the first children's biography of the man who immortalized the makers of history.

About the author:
lian goodall has had an interest in sharing stories since she first made up poems for her little sisters. She began reviewing Canadian children’s books in the 1980s and currently has a regular column in the Guelph Mercury and St. Catharines Standard. Her first published book was with Warwick Press in 1999, Diego Maradona: The Man With the Magic Feet, the story of the great Argentinian soccer player. Her second, William Lyon Mackenzie King: Dreams and Shadows came out with XYZ publishing in 2003. She is presently the Program Officer at the Mackenzie King Estate in the Gatineau Park, Quebec, which is not too far from her home in Ottawa, Ontario, where she lives with one of her two daughters.

Goodall has a degree in history from the University of Guelph. Part of her studies focused on racism in Victorian children’s literature. It is little surprise that she chose a related theme for her third book for young people, Singing Towards the Future: The Story of Portia White, (2004), which was shortlisted for a 2005 Hackmatack Award. It relates the fascinating musical journey of this famous Nova Scotian, whose career as a recital singer reached its peak in the 1940s. The story of her journey from poverty to the international stage, lian believes, is one that merits special celebration. Her website is