MA – Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo Signing

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The Million Year Picnic and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy are pleased to present author and artist Sandrine Revel on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM, discussing her award-winning Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo, a beautiful graphic novel that brings the revolutionary Canadian pianist to life with hand-painted illustrations.

Sandrine Revel is a prolific French creator of graphic novels. In 2001, she won an award for her work for young readers at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival. She has published more than ten graphic novels in France as well as a successful line of Children’s comics. “Glenn Gould: a Life Off Tempo” won her the French Artémisia award which recognizes female comics creators. It is the first of her books to be published in English.

Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among other works, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona. Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger? Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan.

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MA – Black History Month 2017 Event

Join celebrated authors and illustrators Joel Christian Gill and John Jennings at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday, February 9, *RESCHEDULED* Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM for an evening of discussion about their celebrated graphic novels.

Joel Christian Gill is the Chair of Foundations at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and recipient of the 2016 Boston University College of Fine Arts Alumni Award. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in STRANGE FRUIT, VOLUME I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and BASS REEVES: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 1.

John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award–winning collection THE BLACKER THE INK: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and the illustrator for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel KINDRED.

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449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040

MA – Difficult Women Signing

Author Roxane Gay appears at the Cambridge Public Library on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM to present her new collection of short stories, Difficult Women. Books sold via Porter Square Books.

There are no tickets, and seating is first come, first served. Doors will open between 6 and 6:30.

Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister’s marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction; the essay collection Bad Feminist; Ayiti, a multi-genre collection; and the memoir Hunger, forthcoming from Harper. She is at work on a comic book in Marvel’s Black Panther series. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, the New York Times, the Guardian, Bookforum, Time, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is a recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors. She splits her time between Indiana and Los Angeles.

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449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040

MA – A Gambler’s Anatomy Signing

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Harvard Book Store welcomes novelist JONATHAN LETHEM, the New York Times bestselling author of Dissident Gardens and Motherless Brooklyn, for a discussion of his latest book, A Gambler’s Anatomy. This event will be held at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 PM.

About A Gambler’s Anatomy:

The author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a devilishly entertaining novel about an international backgammon hustler who thinks he’s psychic. Too bad about the tumor in his face.

Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur “whales” who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his pasty, vampiric manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend Tira Harpaz. Or perhaps it was the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways.

Things don’t go much better in Berlin. Bruno’s flirtation with Madchen, the striking blonde he meets on the ferry, is inconclusive; the game at the unsettling Herr Kohler’s mansion goes awry as his blot grows worse; he passes out and is sent to the local hospital, where he is given an extremely depressing diagnosis. Having run through Falk’s money, Bruno turns to Stolarsky, who, for reasons of his own, agrees to fly Bruno to Berkeley, and to pay for the experimental surgery that might save his life.

Berkeley, where Bruno discovered his psychic abilities, and to which he vowed never to return. Amidst the patchouli flashbacks and Anarchist gambits of the local scene, between Tira’s come-ons and Keith’s machinations, Bruno confronts two existential questions: Is the gambler being played by life? And what if you’re telepathic but it doesn’t do you any good?

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Inaugural Cambridge Community Comic Arts Fair

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Boston Comics Roundtable and the Cambridge Public Library present THE CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY COMIC ARTS FAIR (CCCAF) on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch: Teen Room).

Admission is FREE!

Come learn about the wide range of independent comics being produced in Cambridge and the Boston area. From action, adventure, and humor, to graphic novels dealing with personal and political themes, comics today are going places they’ve never gone before. Since 2006, the Boston Comics Roundtable has been at the center of the local comics scene, providing a venue for creators to meet, collaborate, publish, and grow as artists.

At CCCAF, members of the BCR will exhibit and sell their books and offer demonstrations and hands-on workshops for aspiring cartoonists of all ages and skill levels. High school art students from the area will also be on hand to share their comics creations with the public. Come join us!

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MA – Dark Sparkler Signing

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Harvard Book Store and the Cambridge Public Library host an evening of poetry and conversation with poet and award-winning actress AMBER TAMBLYN and poet, critic, and Harvard professor STEPHEN BURT on Tuesday March 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30). The evening will include readings by Tamblyn and Burt, followed by a discussion of Tamblyn’s latest poetry collection, Dark Sparkler. This event includes a book signing and is free to the public; no tickets are required.

About Dark Sparkler:
The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time—from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy—explored in a haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress.

Amber Tamblyn is both an award-winning actress and an acclaimed poet. As such she is deeply fascinated—and intimately familiar—with the toll exacted from young women whose lives are offered in sacrifice as starlets. The stories of these actresses, both famous and obscure-tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death—inspired this empathic and emotionally charged collection of new poetic work.

Featuring subjects from Marilyn Monroe and Frances Farmer to Dana Plato and Brittany Murphy—and paired with original artwork commissioned for the book by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama—Dark Sparkler is a surprising and provocative collection from a young artist of wide-ranging talent, culminating in an extended, confessional epilogue of astonishing candor and poetic command.

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MA – Will Eisner Week Comics Workshops for Kids/Teens

000000_cpl-wewThe Boston Comics Roundtable hosts comic creating workshops for Teens and Children at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM in honor of Will Eisner Week!

Below is a listing of the amazing creators involved on this workshop:

Cara Bean is a cartoonist and art teacher from the Boston area. She pursues poetic introspection, and quirky storytelling through comics. Cara is currently creating a comic for children about a late-blooming caterpillar named Munch. Learn more about Cara Bean at www.carabeancomics.com.

LJ-Baptiste is an artist from Dorchester, MA. His current work is a webcomic series entitled COMIXSCAPE, which originated on DigBoston’s Sunday Comics Project back in 2013. It’s about the absurd adventures of a young boy and his pet raccoon in his new town. The comic is currently in it’s 4th chapter and can be read in full on www.comixscape.net

Ben Rutberg is a college freshman and aspiring cartoonist interested in finding the truth in small things. He has made two comic books, “Bildungsrobot!” and “The Big Fish,” and is currently working on two more, which he is not at liberty to talk about. He’s sure you’ll understand. You can find his work, including both of his comic books, at dorkdrawscomics.tumblr.com.

E. J. Barnes is a comics artist and writer who has worked on historical comics, editorial cartooning, and animation. She has taught cartooning at the Amigos Cambridgeport Community School and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She opens her home studio to the public during Cambridge Open Studios. Her online catalog of self-published comics and stories is at www.drownedtownpress.com.

Jonathan Hayes is an illustrator based out of Somerville. His interest in art began with drawing on his bedroom wall to making comic books as an adult. Jon also held strong interests in performing arts and writing. He is a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, a comic book collective of creators. Jon is working on self publishing several titles ranging from children’s comics to dark fantasy.

John Carvajal is an artist currently living in Norwood, MA. He received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies. His work has been published in multiple anthologies including Maple Key Vol. 2, Strangelet Vol 1.1, and a collaboration with Aaron Humphreys in Compositional Studies Vol. 43.1. Carvajal has also exhibited his work in the UK, Canada, and the US at various comic festivals. He has been teaching drawing, painting, cartooning, and printmaking at various community art centers for the last 4 years. You can view some of his work at: www.jacarvajal.com

Maria Photinakis is an illustrator, cartoonist, painter and giant Star Trek nerd who hopes someday she’ll figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the meantime, she lives in Waltham with her husband and 2 fluffy cats.

Catalina Rufin is a 23 year old Boston-area cartoonist and illustrator. Her comics are about punk fairies, astronaut kids, and her interest in Scottish culture. She has made two comics for the BCR anthologies In A Single Bound #3 and Spellbound, and collaborated with author Tony McMillen on the graphic novel Oblivion Suite, about a 70s rock band. ”

Roho is an artist, writer and designer with a passion for print. He joined Boston Comics Roundtable shortly after moving to Cambridge in 2008. There contributed to the last three issues of Inbound as well as publishing the Outbound and Hellbound anthologies. He is hard at work in a wide range or new comics projects if you see him out there in the world he would love to tell you all about them. Check out his latest project here: roho.tumblr.com

Dan Mazur is an independent cartoonist, editor, publisher and author who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His comics have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his Cold Wind (with Jesse Lonergan), was named a notable in The Best American Comics of 2013. He is the co-writer with Alexander Danner of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present. He is co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and founder of Ninth Art Press, as small press devoted to comics and comics anthologies, which has recently published SubCultures: a Comics Anthology.

Nina Tobin is currently in her 15th year of teaching. She received a B.A. in Art History, Theology and Education from Regis College, and a Master’s degree in Special Education through Lesley University. Nina has been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts Educator Advisory Board since 2008, serving as a speaker for the Autism Museum Accessibility Panel in 2014. She is author and presenter of a TED talk titled, “Thinking Socially,” a former educator for the Boston Public Schools, and former Chairperson of the Westwood Chapter of SEPAC. She has worked with MGH’s YouthCare/Aspire Program since 2007, most recently serving as a contributor developing Brain-Based Social Pragmatics curriculum, and as a Site Director for their Summer Camp program. She has also delivered numerous presentations to parents and educators on using the fine arts, universal design, and multiple intelligences in all academic content areas. Outside of school, Mrs. Tobin spends her time with her husband and sons, visiting museums, painting, illustrating, and singing professionally with the Lost Cosmonauts. She enjoys teaching Art, Music, Theater, as well as Social Pragmatics and Applied Sociology at the Tremont School.

Brendan Tobin is an illustrator/animator who worked in the New York animation industry and currently is employed as a marketing designer, as well as hosting a comics class for middle school students. He enjoys making comics and cartoons and regularly posts them on his blog: brendantobin.blogspot.com. Brendan lives in Norwood, Ma with his beautiful wife and amazing stepsons.

Heide Solbrig, scholar, filmmaker, illustrator, and media artist is the sole proprietor of ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat Productions. WFYB focuses upon transmedia documentary production, currently working on sexuality education in collaboration with Partners’ in Sex Education. Other projects include producing an interview archive of residents’ experience at ‘The Water Tower Place’ a low-income housing project in St. Louis, Missouri, and producing a vlog series on economic education. Solbrig’s films, ‘Float’(2003) and ‘Man and the Middle Class’(2013) each tell intimate political economies of an era. Her current media-art project, The Dandelion King is a graphic novel and film series documenting Solbrig’s childhood in the 1970’s. Solbrig’s productions use personal storytelling in multiple mediums and include experimental montage combining historical footage, interview, illustration/animation and personal-essay narration.

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Girl In Dior Signing Tour

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This April, NBM Publishing, one of the pioneers in graphic novel publishing in the US for 37 years and a leader in literary comic art, proudly launches a sweepingly beautiful biography docudrama of the life of Christian Dior from the launch of his house and his “New Look” in Girl in Dior.

One of France’s grand dames of comic art, Annie Goetzinger, will be on hand for the premiere of Girl in Dior at MoCCA Arts Festival, one of her many appearances while visiting the United States. Other appearances include a panel at the French Embassy co-sponsored by Christian Dior Couture US and moderated by Dior House illustrator, Bil Donovan and a signing/art display at New York’s Kinokuniya Bookstore.

The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…

A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.

Below please find Annie Goetzinger’s appearance schedule.

April 10, 2015 6:00 PM
Kinokuniya Bookstore, 6th Ave. Between 40th and 41st Street. New York
Signing and Exhibit of Original Art from the Book (The art will be up early April through the middle of the month)

April 11 and 12, 2015
MoCCA Fest, Center 548, W. 22nd Street. New York
Premiere of Girl in Dior and signing at NBM Booth (401, 402) throughout the weekend. Original art will also be on display.

Annie will appear on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday at 12:30 alongside James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

April 13, 2015 7:00PM
French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue (at the corner of 79th), New York
Dior House artist Bil Donovan will moderate a discussion with Annie, followed by a signing at the new “Albertine” bookstore. Event co-sponsored by Dior.

April 14, 6:30PM
Cambridge Public Library
Talk and signing. Organized by Million Year Picnic, Boston

April 15, 4:00PM
Conference at Smith College
“Girl in Dior: A Conversation With Annie Goetzinger About Fashion, Art, and Her Latest Graphic Novel”.

April 16, 4:00 PM
Dartmouth College
Annie Goetzinger Discusses Girl in Dior.

April 19, 2:00PM
University of Florida
Annie Goetzinger Discusses Girl in Dior.

April 21, 8:00PM
Books & Books, 65 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL
Inauguration of the French Corner, signing.

April 22, 6:30PM
Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL
Presentation and Signing. Cocktail hour

MA – Girl In Dior Signing

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Annie Goetzinger appears at Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM! This celebrated French artist discusses Girl In Dior, her sweepingly beautiful docudrama of the life of Christian Dior, starting with the launch of his brand. Co-Sponsored by Million Year Picnic.

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MA – Strange Fruit Comics Signing

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Joel Christian Gill, Author of Strange Fruit Comics, speaks at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM as part of Black History Month.

Meet the author of the graphic novels Strange Fruit Comics and Tales of the Talented Tenth, collections of stories from African American history that exemplify success in the face of great adversity. Gill’s work focuses on uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books.

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