We recently kicked off our 2015 One Book season by announcing to the press our selection of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Our event over the next six weeks will include panel presentations, movies, book discussions, kids events and more. Programs begin on January 22nd, and our finale will be Chast’s presentation at the Avalon on February 21st.
Our selection this year varies vastly from any previous choice. The most significant and immediate difference is that we’ll be reading, enjoying and discussing an illustrated work. For many readers, this may be a new experience–a genre previously unexplored. Even if you haven’t picked one up lately, many of us have fond memories of comics or cartoon strips from when we were younger–and while there are of course still plentiful graphic novels for youth, from superheros to manga, the graphic novel genre isn’t just for kids. There are plenty that are all grown up, and the library has a great selection. Chast’s work is an even more specific form–not just a graphic novel, but a graphic memoir. If picking up Chast’s book makes you wonder what else you’ve been missing, here’s some more fantastic graphic memoirs, handpicked by library staff. Enjoy!