Multnomah County Library (MCL) has selected its 2022 Everybody Reads book choice and it is a first for the program.
The graphic memoir, Good Talk: A memoir in conversations by author and illustrator Mira Jacob, is the first-ever graphic memoir selected for Everybody Reads. A graphic memoir is a visual, comics-like storytelling format for nonfiction.
Set against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election, Jacob’s book shares how her interracial family grappled with the changing political and social landscape of America after September 11, 2001.
Both funny and revealing, Jacob explores what it means to be a parent, partner, child and friend in an America divided by race and politics. It is currently in development as a TV series with Film 44.
Jacobs is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator and cultural critic. Her first book, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, came out in 2014 and was named a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick.
MCL will host discussions and programs for readers of all ages to explore the book’s themes, including parenting, identity, family, culture and the affirming power of conversation and curiosity.
The library also offers opportunities to learn about the art of comic books, graphic novels and graphic memoir.
An in-person author lecture with Jacob, presented by Literary Arts, is planned for Thursday, March 10, 2022 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Tickets are available ($18-$65) at bit.ly/GoodTalkMarch2022.
MCL patrons can check out Good Talk through the library or pick up a free copy starting January 2022 at any library branch.
The library will distribute thousands of copies of the book through libraries and high schools across Multnomah County.