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Sheridan grad wins Governor General Award

December 18, 2010

Jon Klassen, a graduate of Sheridan's animation program, was recently presented with the Governor General's Literary Award.

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2010
Ottawa, Ontario


Cat's Night Out

Jon Klassen, a 2005 graduate of Sheridan's animation program, was presented with the Governor General's Literary Award for illustrating Cat's Night Out, a children's story by Caroline Stutson. 

The Governor General's Literary Awards are presented annually to the best English-language and best French-language books in seven categories.  Winners receive a cash prize of $25,000.

Jon Klassen and David Johnston, the Governor-General, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa
Jon Klassen and David Johnston, the Governor-General, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa

Klassen, who grew up in Niagara Falls and moved to Los Angeles after attending Sheridan, has worked on a number of book and art collaboration projects.  He has also worked on a number of high profile film and animation projects, including Tim Burton's Coraline and the U2 music video I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight.  He co-designed a TV spot for the BBC's coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, which was nominated for a BAFTA award (British equivalent of the Oscars).