Give director Geoffrey Taylor credit. In his attempt to expand the audience for the authors festival he's taken some major risks.
This year he's added a mystery component to the program (See NOW, October 12-18) without necessarily focusing on the most literary thriller writers, and last year he paid considerable attention to the rapidly burgeoning graphic novel genre while making a point of giving book illustrators their due.
The festival continues to show how seriously it takes the art of literary drawing by staging a number of cleverly programmed events.
Bernice Eisenstein, creator of the stunning hybrid novel I Was A Child Of Holocaust Survivors, does not get tossed into the graphic ghetto but instead reads alongside Ami McKay, Rosemary Sullivan and Sarah Waters on Sunday (October 22) at 1 pm in the Premier Dance Theatre.
Snagging Philippe Dupuy and Charles Berberian is a major coup for the fest. The authors of the venerable Monsieur Jean comic book - which has sold over 120,000 copies in France in its 20 years - are interviewed by homegrown graphic novelist Seth on Saturday (October 21) at 3 pm in the Studio Theatre.
L.A.-based Jaime Hernandez brings Ghost Hoppers, set in a low-rent apartment complex in the San Fernando Valley, to an interview session with director Jerry Ciccoritti on Saturday (October 21), 5 pm, at the Studio Theatre.
And lastly, illustrator Ralph Steadman, who's penned The Joke's Over, a memoir tracking his friendship with Hunter S. Thompson, reads from the book Friday (October 27) at 8 pm in the Brigantine Room and is interviewed by Ben McNally Saturday (October 28), 1 pm, in the Premiere Dance Theatre.
No poncey, ponderous bullshit here.