Graphic novels are increasing in popularity with many local Canadian libraries featuring sections devoted to the genre. For those unfamiliar with this style, the easiest comparison would be comic books. However, graphic novels usually tell a story from start to finish and are much longer than comic books. And, they are often targeted to adults and are rife with complex and nuanced storytelling. Perhaps the most famous example is Maus: A Survivors Tale by Art Spiegelman.
What’s even more intriguing is that some of the most successful and talented graphic novelists and especially graphic memoir authors are women!
Sarah Leavitt is a local Vancouver writer and cartoonist. Her first graphic memoir is called Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me.