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Author Alison Bechdel Discusses the Power of Comics

Essex Junction ~ Renowned comic author and artist Alison Bechdel will illustrate the power of comics in confronting today’s issues in a talk at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center on October 2 at 7:00 pm. Her talk,Graphic Novels to Watch Out For,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. The talk will take place in the Livak Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Davis Center.

Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy, will discuss what makes comics such a powerful medium for addressing and upending oppression.

Alison Bechdel created the countercultural comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, which ran in lesbian and gay publications from 1983 to 2008. In 2006 she gained a wider readership with the publication of her graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. A musical based on Fun Home, written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, won five Tony Awards in 2015, including best musical. In 2017, Bechdel was named Vermont’s third cartoonist laureate. She is a 2014 MacArthur fellow and is currently working on a graphic memoir called The Secret to Superhuman Strength.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Essex Junction are held at Brownell Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. See the full schedule of Essex Junction First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Graphic Novels to Watch Out For” is presented in partnership with Middlebury College, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the UVM Fleming Museum

Brownell Library is sponsored by Brownell Library Foundation, Inc.; Brownell Library Trustees; The Essex Agency, Inc.; Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington; Kolvoord, Overton & Wilson P.C.; Northfield Savings Bank; RETN

For more information, contact Brownell Library at 802.878.6955 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

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Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.