Celebrated cartoonist and author, Alison Bechdel, will be speaking and reading from her work on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street. The reading is free and open to the public, with a reception and book signing to follow the reading.
Alison Bechdel is an internationally recognized cartoonist whose comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For has been praised as “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period.”
In 2006, she published her graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragic Comic. Fun Home spent two weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller list. Time Magazine named Fun Home one of its “10 Best Books of the Year,” and the book was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by The Times of London, Publishers Weekly, and New York Magazine.
Her most recent book, released in May 2012, is a graphic novel called Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. The book explores Bechdel’s relationship with her own mother as well as a deeper psychoanalytic perspective on relationships between daughters and their mothers.
Bechdel edited Best American Comics 2011. She has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta. Her work is widely anthologized and translated.
She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fun Home, and in 2012 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship.