Nicole J. Georges Reading
Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home
Saturday February 17 | 7pm
Admission $7 | door opens 6:30
Nicole J. Georges will read from her latest book, the graphic novel Fetch:
How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home
When Nicole was 16 she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next 15 years, Beijawould be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana.
Nicole’s gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, co-dependent relationship and probes what it means to be responsible to another living thing—a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole never successfully taught Beija “sit,” but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.
“Nicole Georges makes my favorite art about love and vulnerability. More than a tribute to a canine best friend, Fetch maps Georges’s journey from teen to adult with heartbreaking honesty and tender joy. I am in awe of Georges’s uncanny ability to transport me right into her world of moldy, crusty punk houses and glorious vegan lesbian barbecues. Funny, gorgeous, and true.”
—Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent
“Fetch combines the best qualities of diary comics—particularity and granular detail—with the zoomed-out view of someone who has completed an arduous, mythic, and expansive journey.”
—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
“Nicole’s work always punches me in the guts with her unending longing for a home. Through constant disappointments and the challenges of owning a rescue dog and a rescue heart, she unflinchingly refuses to quit.”
— Sarah Shapiro, co-creator of Unreal
Nicole J. Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster & professor from Portland, Oregon. Her Lambda Award winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and “disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once” by Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home. “ Allô, dr Laura? was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.
She has been publishing her own zines and comics for 20 years, and has toured the country extensively, including two appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit tour.
Nicole won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 2012. She was the 2013 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, the 2015/16 Donaldson Writer in Residence at the College of William and Mary, and currently teaches at California College for the Art’s MFA in Comics Program.
Nicole currently lives in between Portland and Los Angeles with her chomeranian best friend, Ponyo Georges.
Following Nicole’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Sit, Stay, Fetch: the Pet that Changed My Life.“
Admission for the evening reading is $7. Doors open at 630.
The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Foe more information contact Kathie Hightower, email@example.com