Brian Gable

Self-portrait by Brian Gable

Brian Gable is the illustrator of many of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® books, as well as the Math Is CATegorical® series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Treasure Island

What’s your favorite line from a book?

The opening lines of Samuel Beckett’s Murphy: “The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Ronald Searle, Ralph Steadman, and Jean-Jaques Sempe

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

The pleasure of using one’s imagination.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Pablo Casals, the world famous cellist, was asked why he still practiced every day even though he was in his nineties. His answer was, “I’m beginning to notice some improvement.” Advice to all artists…keep practicing.