2007-2008 Writers at Rutgers Reading Series

Alison Bechdel

Title: Alison Bechdel
When: Wed, Mar 5 2008 | 7:00
: Rutgers Student Center. Multipurpose Room - New Brunswick
: Writers at Rutgers Reading Series


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Admission: Free and open to the Rutgers community and the general public
The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing


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Alison Bechdel has recently published her graphic narrative Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy (2006).  Acclaimed by many sources as one of the best books of 2006—it was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist—Fun Home is a coming out story and a family memoir. The title refers to the funeral home that was a family business, while offering an ironic comment on the not-so-fun events that took place there. Engrossing, thoughtful, funny and heartrending, the book has become a runaway hit. The New York Times called it a “pioneering work, pushing two genres (comics and memoir) in multiple new directions.” Bechdel’s long-running comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, which has become a countercultural institution since its inception in 1983, is now syndicated in dozens of papers, translated into several languages, collected in a series of award-winning books, and available online.


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