Adrian Tomine presents Killing and Dying in-conversation with Vendela Vida at The Booksmith on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM!
Killing and Dying is a collection of interconnected and darkly funny stories told in comic form. Tomine’s gift for capturing intimate moments and subtle emotion is on full display in his latest collection of graphic shorts. A California native, Tomine is particularly adept at evoking a sense of place in just a few clean lines—you may recognize Oakland storefronts or BART stations alongside subways and skyscrapers. Dealing with issues of identity and hyperconnectivity, parenthood, mortality, and the daily struggles of contemporary life, Tomine’s characters—aging baseball fans, insecure comedians, horticulturists, out-of-touch parents among them—are artfully drawn, a cast of searchers and stumblers who you can’t help but recognize.
Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’s, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and his graphic novel Shortcomings was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters.
Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of four books and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. She is also the co-editor of Always Apprentices, a collection of interviews with writers, and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. Two of Vida’s novels have been New York Times Notable Books of the year, and she is the winner of the Kate Chopin Award, given to a writer whose female protagonist chooses an unconventional path. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, and since 2002 has served on the board of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring lab for youth.
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