Books & Bars discusses graphic novel 'Blankets'

Monthly book club Books & Bars continues to keep it lively and fresh after five years with its first graphic novel pick, Blankets, this Tuesday night. Join host and moderator Jeff Kamin at Bryant-Lake Bowl to discuss Craig Thompson's praised work over a pint or two, whether you've read the novel or not. Everyone's welcome.

Blankets is a coming-of-age autobiography with expressive black and white drawings and poignant tales depicting the awkwardness and misery of maturing into a young man. The pages weave through author Thompson's experiences of growing up in a formidable Christian household, where he and his younger brother used drawing and imagination as an escape, which was seen as sinful in the eyes of his devout Evangelical parents.

​The memoir is Thompson's second novel (his debut was the his critically acclaimed Goodbye, Chunky Rice), and it recounts his story of young adulthood, including the torment of being a teenage misfit and the experience of falling in love for the first time. Chosen as one of the 10 best English language graphic novels ever written in 2005 by Time, and winner of the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards for Best Graphic Novel and Best Cartoonist, Blankets will surely light up conversation tomorrow night aided by the food and drink set-up of Books & Bars.

The event is free at Bryant-Lake Bowl. Doors open at 6 p.m., while the discourse will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m with Surly Furious at only $2. It is highly recommended you arrive early, and for a discounted copy of Blankets, head over to Magers & Quinn. The book for October's meeting will be This is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper and will include a video chat, and November will cover To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Happy bookclubbing.

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