Vancouver International Writers Festival with Lynda Barry, October 22, 2010

There is no point in trying to be cool about this: I am going to be reading with my idol, Lynda Barry. This is blowing my mind, as Marlys might say. The event is hosted by the wonderful Nancy Lee.

Comic Book Confidential

Host: Nancy Lee
Fri, Oct 22, 10:00am – 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre
$17 / $8.50 for student groups

Who would have thought that the comic book – usually the preserve ofsuper-heroes and evil villains – could be used to explore family life and the deepest secret thoughts of teenagers? Lynda Barry is one of the great contemporary cartoon masters and her young comic book characters run the gamut from Marlys (gifted and exuberant) to Maybonne (concerned with social justice and music) to Freddie (fascinated with bugs and monsters). Sarah Leavitt‘s new graphic memoir, Tangles, reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother Midge – and her family – forever. These talented writers and artists use words and pictures not to escape reality, but to bring it into focus and offer insight into how to deal with what life throws at us.