and a little teaser about this week’s indie feature…
Like many people, I’m sure, the book that convinced me of the merits of graphic novels was Maus by Art Spiegelman. In college I was fortunate to have a professor who preached the importance of studying non-canonical literature. Spiegelman shared space on our syllabi with essays by feminist and queer literary critics, Barthes, and Kate Chopin. If any of you have read Spiegelman’s Holocaust narrative, you will know without me having to tell you the power of these highly complex and thoughtful books in pictures.
Having said that, every since Maus, I’ve wanted to read more graphic novels. I confess, though, that the only ones I’ve actually managed have been Asterix et Obelix when I was living in France. Persepolis is still one that’s high up on my list.
Still, I’m always super excited when I walk into an indie bookstore and see a suitably large amount of shelf space dedicated to the genre. Such was the case when Luke and I walked into Malaprop’s Books in Asheville last week.
I fell in love with this re-telling of history and literature as soon as I saw it. The Staff Pick shelf talker reads:
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
“Hilarious, quirky and addictive! Who knew literature and History could be so good!”
So I’m curious: do any of you read graphic novels? If so, which are your favorites? I’d love to hear!
(More to come about Malaprop’s…. stay tuned!)