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Oct. 4: Good Thunder Reading Series

Bestselling graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel to speak.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 9-26-2012

Minnesota State University Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series will continue its fall 2012 programing by featuring Vermont-based graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel (pictured at right) on Thursday, October 4. The guest will meet with community writers in the morning and be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3:00 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium, she will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. At 7:30 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom, she will read from her published work. All events are free and open to the public.

ALISON BECHDEL is the author of the two bestselling memoirs, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama and 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, Bechdel 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." Bechdel was the guest editor of The Best American Comics 2011 and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney's, Entertainment Weekly, Granta, and the New York Times Book Review.

An interview with the writer, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on Thursday, October 4, at 1:00 p.m., and on Friday, October 5, at 11:00 a.m.

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, the College ofArts and Humanities, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additionally, this activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. MSU Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State offer additional assistance.

For more information about the series, contact Richard Robbins at the MSU Mankato Department of English, 507.389.1354, or see the web site at

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