The Fayetteville Public Library is proud to welcome back National Book Award winner Nate Powell for a discussion and book signing on Friday, August 3 at 1:00 pm.  He will be discussing his work, including his new release Come Again.  Named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten graphic novels of the Spring, Come Again is set in the Ozarks during late 1970s, where aging hippies in an "intentional community" still feel the spirit of the Love Generation.  But what's missing?  Under impossibly close scrutiny, two families wrestle with long-repressed secrets. . . while deep within those Arkansas hills, something monstrous stirs, ready to feast on village whispers.  This is a haunting tale of intimacy, guilt, and collective amnesia. 

A book signing will follow the discussion and books will be available to purchase.


Praise for Nate Powell includes:

  • “A writer-artist of genius.” The Times (UK)
  • “The most prodigiously talented graphic novelist of his [generation].” Booklist
  • “Anything that Nate Powell writes and draws is pretty much a must-read.” Comics Alliance
  • “[Powell] is a master of shadows and space… his exquisite camera movement is never less than interesting and always in sync with the story.” The Washington Post



New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell is the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.  Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978, he began self-publishing at age 14 and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. 

His work includes March, the graphic memoir trilogy of civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don't Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of The Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero.  Powell's work has received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has been a two-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN. His books have been placed on school curriculum in over 40 states, and his animated illustrations in the Southern Poverty Law Center's Selma: The Bridge To The Ballot documentary will reach roughly one million students in 50,000 schools across the nation.

From 1999 to 2009, Powell worked full-time providing support for adults with developmental disabilities alongside his cartooning efforts. He managed underground record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and performed in punk bands Soophie Nun Squad and Universe. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Photo Credit: Ben Rains



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