Evie Robillard fell in love with Paris on her very first visit in 2001. Soon after that, she began reading every book she could find written by or about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas – two American women who met after moving to the City of Light in the early 1900s.#Evie is a former children’s librarian; before that she had a humorous newspaper column; before that she was a non-traditional (adult) student at UW-Green Bay and UW-Madison; before that she was a stay-at-home mom who loved reading to her children (and writing); before that she was a kid in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan. Her very first job was helping her big brother deliver the local paper.#Evie’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was born in France; he was orphaned at a young age, and King Louis XIV sent him to Nouvelle-France around 1664. About 200 years later, her great-grandfather walked from the Trois-Rivières area of Quebec down through Michigan and Illinois and then into Wisconsin, carrying her grandfather (who died before she was born) in his arms.#Evie writes for both children and adults. Her early picture books and her children’s play – What Harold Was Afraid Of – are now out of print. She’s the mother of two grown sons – one a sports photographer, and one a punk-rock star. Nowadays she divides her time between her Madison, Wisconsin, apartment and her dear friend Michael’s nearby farm.
A Portrait in Poems
2021 - CCBC Choices List, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner
2020 - Best Picture Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews, Winner
Non-fictionA Portrait in Poems, 2020