Chestertown, MD — As part of its "Pictures + Words" festival, Washington College's Rose O'Neill Literary House will present "Pictures + Words: The New Literature of Graphic Narrative," a discussion featuring a diverse array of talent, on Saturday, April 25, from noon to 6 p.m.
Speakers will include award-winning French graphic novelist Emmanuel Guibert, poet Chad Parmenter, web-based cartoonist Kate Beaton, the husband-and-wife creative team of Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson (publishers of Idiots'Books), and various Washington College student artists/writers.
The Paris-born Guibert, in residence as this year's PEN World Voices Festival/Washington College Fellow in International Letters, has authored numerous acclaimed graphic novels for readers young and old, from the raucous and silly Sardine in Outer Space series, to the sweeping biographical epic of a World War II G.I., Alan's War, as well as the funny and charming The Professor's Daughter, with Joann Sfar.
Alan's War, a project that evolved from Guibert's friendship with an American World War II veteran retired in France, recently received four major Eisner Award nominations, including Best Reality-Based Work, Best Graphic Album - New, Best U.S. Edition of International Material, and Best Writer/Artist. The Eisner Award winners are announced each July at Comic-Con.
Poet Chad Parmenter is a creative writing fellow in the University of Missouri's Ph.D. program. His work has appeared in The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Smartish Pace, The Best American Poetry 2007, and elsewhere. His translations are forthcoming in Circumference: A Journal of Literary Translation. Interviews that he has conducted have appeared in Rain Taxi and American Poetry Review. His reviews have appeared in American Book Review, Pleiades and The Missouri Review.
Kate Beaton is a Toronto-based cartoonist who has attraced a huge fan following with her webcomics that often explore the humor in history. A reviewer for Wired magazine called Beaton's the "funniest comic that I've read in awhile."
Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr are the creators and producers of Idiots'Books, a subscription-based series of volumes on a wide-ranging diversity of subject matter. Innovative, insightful, often whimsical, the books provide a showcase for Swanson's witty, deceptively simple writing style and Behr's distinctive and memorable artwork.
Admission to "Pictures + Words: The New Literature of Graphic Narrative" is free and open to the public.