So on an excruciatingly hot day the week before last I headed over to the Yellow Door coffeehouse, which is a basement venue that has welcomed the likes of Margaret Atwood and Joni Mitchell (back in the day). Sarah greeted me and another audience member (who turned out to be Ian McGillis, who blogs for The Gazette) at the door and ushered us downstairs. Once a small group had assembled, she first told us a bit about her mother (who was diagnosed at age 54 and had the disease for six years) and her writing process (Sarah took notes while her mother was sick and this is her first book). She then read us five chapters of her book onscreen, projecting the first page of the chapter and then each panel in turn. I didn’t think to take any pictures (I was too engrossed in each chapter), but I did get someone to take a picture of the two of us:
Me and Sarah Leavitt (click to enlarge)
The weird thing about Sarah’s art is that it reminds me so much of my sister Brogan’s art, to the point that Tangles’ main character (Sarah herself) looks like she could be a self-portrait of my sister. And I’m not the only one who thought so: when I brought the book home, Mr. B said the same thing!
Sarah was super friendly (and a fan of book bloggers!)—I’m very much looking forward to reading her book. At the moment, it’s been published in Canada by Freehand Books, but it will come out with Jonathan Cape in the UK in November and with Skyhorse in the U.S. in March 2012.
Read an excerpt of the book at Geist: Waiting for Sleep
Read a one-page comic Sarah did for Geist: You Don’t Say
Read Ian McGillis’s interview: Sarah Leavitt talks about her Alzheimer’s memoir Tangles