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Women in Comics: Memoirs

I always love reading memoirs. They are such a great way to experience new perspectives on the world and to learn about an author in an intensely personal way. But as much as I enjoy text-only memoirs, I love graphic novel memoirs even more because the artwork brings a whole new dimension to the work. With these books, all of which are written and illustrated by the same individual, readers are brought into the author’s life in a way that text alone cannot achieve. Whether you already have a love for memoirs or not, these books are sure to keep you engaged and make you think about the world a bit differently.

Relish by Lucy KnisleyRelish: My Life In The Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (2014 Alex Award winner, Great Graphic Novels 2014) – I’ve mentioned Lucy Knisley’s works before in this series of posts, but Relish is such a great example of a graphic novel memoir, that I couldn’t resist including it here. In this memoir, Knisley focuses on her love of food, integrating illustrated recipes with stories of growing up with a mom who is a chef and a dad who is a foodie into a unique coming-of-age story. This was the first book I ever read by Knisley and I think it is a great entry point for her works, particularly if you love good food.

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America’s Next Top Book Cover: Season 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, everyone on the interweb is reflecting on the “best of” from the past twelve months. Here at The Hub, we’re joining in the fun by listing some of our favorite book covers of the year. Enjoy a look through the image gallery, then read more to find out why each cover was selected. Tell us your favorites in the comments!

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Highlights from the BEA Exhibit Floor

Book Expo America is an exciting and exhausting experience. It’s an event where professional development and fandom intersect.  You get a chance to learn about upcoming titles for your collection, hear creators talk about their craft, network with other professionals, and tell your favorite authors how much you love their books.

I began my whirlwind Wednesday at BEA at the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, where authors Walter Dean Myers, Chris Colfer, John Green, Lois Lowry, and Kadir Nelson gave insight into the process of authorship and spoke about why books and reading are so important to the human experience. It was a big room with a full audience, and I think every one of us felt like the authors were speaking to us each personally. I won’t dwell too much on the breakfast as its funny and moving details were already covered by Jessica Miller in her earlier post, but it kicked off the day with a sense of community. The people who attend BEA are book people, a familiar and welcoming tribe.

Afterwards I went to wait in line for John Green, who was signing copies of The Fault in Our Stars in the autographing area. I am intimidated by my admiration for John Green–I have possibly read Paper Towns upwards of five times–but even when you’re in the grips of fandom, authors are kind. I got to thank him for the work that he does, and, seeing that I was a librarian, he thanked me for the work that I do.

The next author I sought out was Jonathan Maberry, whose series about zombie apocalypse survivor Benny Imura is a favorite among my library’s teens.

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