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Alison Bechdel Tomorrow Night for Writers in the Loft

“Magnificent…Grade: A” – Entertainment Weekly


Ticket package includes book, bar beverage,
and author meet-and-greet/signing

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The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes graphic novelist Alison Bechdel with her latest work, ARE YOU MY MOTHER? A Comic Drama, on Thursday, June 14, 2012. The 7pm event will be held at the Music Hall Loft located on 131 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Six years ago, Bechdel published Fun Home, a memoir of her relationship with her father. It was an international literary and pop culture phenomenon:  Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, and it hit almost every other “best book of the year” list as well.  And Fun Home was on top of Bechdel’s already deep cult status as creator of the Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip.

Now, Are You My Mother? is the sequel her readers have been waiting for, another brilliantly told tale of filial sleuthery, this time about Bechdel becoming the artist her mother herself wanted to be.

““You won’t believe it until you read it–and you must!” – Gloria Steinem

A voracious reader, music lover, and passionate amateur actor, Bechdel’s mother is also a woman who was unhappily married to a closeted gay man, and whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood.  And she’s a mother who stopped touching or kissing her daughter goodnight, forever, when she was seven years old.

“We’ve presented a large variety of authors in the Loft, from Pulitzer Prize and National Book award winners to thought leaders on introspection, from historians to hysterics. Alison Bechdel is like no other.  A recent in-depth profile in the New Yorker magazine showed why she continues to be a trailblazer – her vision and her creativity are unique, truly powerful, and I can’t wait to have her share them in the Loft,” said Margaret Talcott, Associate Producer of Writers on a New England Stage. See also this incredible Rumpus interview.

About The Author

Alison Bechdel is the author of the bestselling memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which was named a Best Book of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, People, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. For twenty-five years, she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a visual chronicle of modern life—queer and otherwise—considered “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period.” (Ms.) Bechdel is guest editor of Best American Comics 2011 and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, Granta, and the New York Times Book Review.

The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Alison Bechdel on Thursday, June 14 at 7pm is $36 ($33 for Music Hall members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of the hardcover book Are You My Mother? ($22), a bar beverage, and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased through The Music Hall Box Office, located at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400 or online.  Packages can also be purchased on the night of the event, if available, at The Music Hall Loft Box office at 131 Congress Street, beginning at 6:00 pm for the 7:00 pm event.

Writers in the Loft Series Sponsor

Citizens Bank

About Writers in the Loft

Writers in the Loft is akin to The Music Hall’s anchor author series, Writers on a New England Stage, featuring well-known authors but in a smaller, more intimate space.  It is produced by The Music Hall with Series Sponsor Citizens Bank and Companion Bookstore RiverRun in Portsmouth. The series brings audiences today’s top authors, and the best of fiction and nonfiction.  Previous writers in the series include Andre Dubus III, Jennifer Egan, Stephen Greenblatt, Chris Bohjalian, Henry Louis Gates, Adam Gopnik and Susan Cain.

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