About Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire was born and raised in a small farming town in Essex County, Ontario, near Lake St. Clair. Lemire attended film school, but decided to pursue comics when he realized that filmmaking did not suit his solitary personality. He currently lives in Toronto. 

He is the author of titles including the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth, The Nobody, and Animal Man. Lemire is known for his moody, humanistic stories and sketchy, cinematic, black-and-white art. As of early 2016, Lemire writes All-New Hawkeye, Extraordinary X-Men, Moon Knight and Old Man Logan for Marvel, Descender and Plutona for Image, and Bloodshot Reborn for Valiant.

In 2008 and in 2013 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist. He has also received The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent and the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. He has also been nominated for 8 Eisner awards, 7 Harvey Awards and 8 Shuster Awards.

2012 saw the publication of a new graphic novel from Top Shelf called The Underwater Welder, which was released to critical acclaim.

On December 2015, it was announced that First Generation Films had optioned the rights to Essex County to develop the graphic novel as a television series from Canada’s CBC.

In 2011 Essex County was selected as one of five titles for Canada Reads, with the theme of “The Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade.” Its celebrity champion was Sara Quin. Essex County was eliminated in the first round, but later placed #1 in a “People’s Choice” poll with more votes than all other books combined.

You can read updates on Jeff Lemire’s website

Our October contest

Enter to win a signed copy of The Underwater Welder, by Jeff Lemire.

To win, fill out a ballot at your local Annapolis Valley Regional Library branch


Find our contest post on Facebook.


enter on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BookClub150.

Lots of ways to enter. Good luck! Contest ends October 31st, 2017. 

Please note that the prize must be picked up at an Annapolis Valley Regional Library Branch.

Reading list

Click on a link below to visit www.valleylibrary.ca.

Sign in with your AVRL library card, place a hold, and have a copy sent to the Valley Library of your choice.


Secret Path

Essex County

Underwater Welder

Sweet Tooth vol. 1

Sweet Tooth vol. 2

Sweet Tooth vol. 3

Sweet Tooth vol. 4

Sweet Tooth vol. 5

Sweet Tooth vol. 6

April - Sandra and Ron Lightburn

It’s not your average book club: a group of inmates at Toronto South Detention Centre read Jeff Lemire and Gord Downie’s book The Secret Path.

What is Book Club 150?

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we are highlighting a different Canadian author or illustrator for each month of 2017. To celebrate with us, we encourage you to read the books, join our online conversation, and enter our monthly contests. Our featured books include titles for kids, teens, and adult readers. Pick up a copy at your local library, look for a Book Club in a Bag to share, or find a library Book Club near you. We’ll have special events and contests throughout the year, so be sure to visit our library website at www.valleylibrary.ca, or look for feature posts each month on our new library blog site, RenewYourCuriosity.ca.

Featured storytellers

January 2017

Robert Munsch

February 2017

André Alexis

March 2017

Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

April 2017

Ron & Sandra Lightburn

May 2017

Christy Ann Conlin

June 2017

Julie Flett

July 2017

Marie-Louise Gay

August 2017

Jon Klassen

September 2017

Lawrence Hill

October 2017

Jeff Lemire

November 2017

Sydney Smith 

December 2017

Ami McKay