Alison Bechdel has just recently published the graphic novel Are You My Mother? and is also the author of the best-selling graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which won an Eisner Award and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. Time Magazine named Fun Home the number one Best Book of 2006, calling the memoir about her father, “A masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” Fun Home and Bechdel's comic series Dykes to Watch Out For have been translated into many languages. Bechdel has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta, among other places. Bechdel lives near Burlington, Vermont.
Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. His most recent work is Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life and he is also the author of several previous volumes, all widely acclaimed, including On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, Going Sane, Side Effects and On Balance. He is also the co-author, with historian Barbara Taylor, of On Kindness.
The event is sponsored by Queer@Kings, with the Centre for Life-Writing Research and the Department of English.