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Try a Graphic Novel: Persepolis

Okay, I must have memoirs on the brain. But the film version of Marjane Satrapi’s powerful graphic novel memoir (or “graphic memoir”—a more apt term must exist or be created) is coming out shortly and is already generating critical acclaim.

In 2006, The Seattle Public Library chose Persepolis (1 & 2) as our “Seattle Reads” book. The entire city was invited to meet the author and engage in community discussions about the book and its themes. I facilitated several community discussions and was thrilled to see how readers took to Satrapi’s work. For many, it was their first exposure to the graphic novel format. It is such a dynamic book that I left most discussions buzzing with all of the things we didn’t get a chance to talk about. Sometimes an hour is just not enough!

If your group has never tried a graphic novel, put Persepolis on your list for 2008. Better yet, take your group to see the film afterwards! And check out the fantastic Reading Group Toolbox created by the Washington Center for the Book for discussion questions, author information and more. For extra fun, your group can also check out our Podcast!

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Misha Stone is a readers' advisory librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Follow her on Twitter at @ahsimlibrarian.

2 Comments on "Try a Graphic Novel: Persepolis"

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  1. ablau@downersgrovelibrary.org' Amanda says:

    Another graphic novel memoir that makes a good book discussion book is Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.
    It is from the perspective of an adult daughter writing about her father – the perfectionist who maintained a marriage and hid his attraction to men.

  2. meier@psu.edu' John says:

    Could we have a blog category for graphic novels? It would be great for me!

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