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Leanne Shapton

New York, NY

Leanne Shapton is a Canadian artist and graphic novelist, now living in New York City. Shapton is also an art director for newspapers and magazines. Formerly associated with Saturday Night, Maclean's and the National Post in Canada, she has worked as art director for the op-ed page of The New York Times. She has created hand lettering for a number of book covers, including Chuck Palahniuk's 2003 novel Diary. She is also a partner in J&L Books. Her autobiographical book Swimming Studies (2012) deals with her youth as a national competitive swimmer, who made it as far as the 1988 and 1992 Canadian Olympic trials. It is a "meditation on the grueling years of training, the ways swimming is refracted through her memory now". It won the National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography). Among her many works, Shapton created the "armpit sex drawing" for Spike Jonze's 2013 film Her.