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An Interview With Alison Bechdel

06/13/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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In her first graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel explored her complicated relationship with her father. Now, in her second memoir, "Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama," she delves into her relationship with her mother.

Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist, who for 25 years wrote and drew the well-loved comic strip, "Dykes To Watch Out For." She is also an obsessive chronicler of her own life. Put those things together, and you get "Fun Home," her critically-acclaimed, bestselling graphic memoir about her complicated relationship with her father. Now, Bechdel has a second memoir out, this one delving into her still-evolving relationship with her mother. We talk to Bechdel about her work, and that new book, "Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama."

Also on the program, residents of Jeffersonville have voted to allow the village to purchase land in the floodplain along Route 15 from Jolley Associates, which had proposed building a 16-pump gas station and retail complex. Instead, the village is looking to buy the land, and use it for flood mitigation. We talk to Jean Jenkauskas, a longtime Jeffersonville resident who helped coordinate a group of citizens opposed to the Jolley development.

And, for our next installment of Vermont Edition Summer School, how to pack the perfect picnic!

Alison Bechdel

 

Alison Bechdel

Excerpted from ARE YOU MY MOTHER? by Alison Bechdel. Copyright © 2012 by Alison Bechdel. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

 


 

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