Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, author and publisher based in New York City. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. She began her career at the National Post where she edited and art-directed the daily Avenue page, She went on to art direct Saturday Night, the National Post’s weekly news magazine. In 2003, Shapton published her first book of drawings, titled Toronto.
From 2006 to 2008 Shapton contributed a regular travel column to Elle magazine, and from 2008 to 2009 was the art director of The New York Times Op-Ed page. She published Was She Pretty? in November 2008 and Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, in February 2009.
She published The Native Trees of Canada with Drawn & Quarterly in November 2010. Shapton recently contributed a regular column to T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s blog The Moment. She is currently posting an illustrated series titled “A Month Of…” to The New York Timesopinion page website.