Boston Book Festival 2021 Boston Book Festival 2021

Graphic Nonfiction: The Political Is Personal

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Andrew Aydin
Run: Book One, Saturday, October 18 | virtual

Andrew Aydin is an award-winning writer and Artist-in-Residence at the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) at Georgia State University. He was the Digital Director and Policy Advisor to the late Georgia congressman John Lewis, and his coauthor for March. Aydin is the co-author of Run: Book One.

Nate Powell
Save It for Later, Saturday, October 16 | virtual

Nate Powell is a New York Times–bestselling, award-winning graphic novelist. His work includes the March trilogy, Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero, Save It for Later, and Run: Book One. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

David Leonard
Saturday, October 16 | virtual


David Leonard has led the Boston Public Library since June 2015. In this role, Leonard oversees a collection estimated to contain more than 23 million books, maps, manuscripts, prints, and an ever-expanding digital collection, and a system comprising the historic Central Library in Copley Square, twenty-five neighborhood branches, and an archival center. The BPL also serves as the Library for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Leonard’s prior background spans academia, the nonprofit sector, and more than a decade of IT consulting, counseling clients about business development, management, and technology. Leonard is currently enrolled in the PhD program in library information science at Simmons College, and holds degrees in philosophy and mathematics from the University College Dublin.


Join Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin, two masters of the art of visual storytelling, for a discussion of their powerful recent work. Both Aydin, as co-writer, and Powell, as artist, produced the landmark trilogy, March, about the early days in the movement of civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis. The story continues in Run, about the years following the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The stories of police brutality, voter suppression, and segregationist rhetoric in this critically lauded volume resonate today. Nate Powell will also share Save It for Later: Promises, Protest, and Parenthood, his poignant memoir in graphic essays of living and parenting in the Trump era, which Booklist called a “virtuoso work of artistry” in its starred review. Boston Public Library’s President, David Leonard, will lead the conversation. Sponsored by the Boston Public Library.

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