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Roz Chast’s graphic memoir nominated for National Book Award

chast-cant we talkRoz Chast’s memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? has been nominated for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction, marking the first time a graphic novel has made the longlist in one of the adult categories. The five finalists will be announced Oct. 15.

In 2006, Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award when it was recognized in the Young People’s Literature division. His Boxers & Saints was shortlisted last year in the same category.

The first memoir from the longtime New Yorker cartoonist, the bestselling Can’t we Talk About Something More Pleasant? centers on Chast’s efforts to care for her aging parents in their final years.

Also the author of Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006, Chast illustrated Steve Martin’s bestselling children’s book The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z.

The National Book Award’s fiction nominees will be revealed Thursday. Winners in all categories will be announced Nov. 19.

‘Fifth Beatle,’ ‘Artifice’ among Lambda Literary Award finalists

Fifth BeatleThe finalists have been announced for the Lambda Literary Awards, which this year debuts a graphic novels category. No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics was selected in 2013 as best anthology, marking the first time a graphic novel had one in that division.

Now in their 26th year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writing for books published in the previous. The finalists in the graphic novel category are:

  • Artifice, by Alex Woolfson and Winona Nelson (AMW Comics)
  • Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir, by Nicole J. Georges (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Duck! Second Chances, by Tana Ford (Bang A Left)
  • The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, Kyle Baker and Steve Dutro (Dark Horse/M Press)

The winners will be announced June 2 during a ceremony held in New York City.

Comics A.M. | DiDio and Lee on state of DC and industry

Jim Lee

Publishing | ICv2 sits down for a three-part interview with DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio that takes the long view of the past year, covering the launch of the New 52, the effect of digital and the loss of Borders, and the recent discussions around creators’ rights. “It’s a cyclical thing. It’s an issue that constantly comes back,” DiDio said. “We hear about the great jobs and the great books that creators might participate in, but what we don’t hear about are all the books we’ve invested in over the years that never delivered, where we’ve invested in the talent and the time to make sure they had the opportunity to tell the stories they tell. It’s a very big picture, and it’s a very complex issue that can’t be boiled down. One thing I feel the most strongly is that I feel extraordinarily confident that we do everything we can to make this a very creator friendly company, to make sure they have an opportunity to tell the stories they want to tell with our characters and also in their creator owned stories too.” [ICv2]

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