The Augusta University Libraries invite you to attend author and illustrator Lila Quintero Weaver’s book talk on her illustrated memoir, Darkroom, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 6 pm, at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair Street in downtown Augusta. This event is free, bilingual, and open to the public. Copies of Darkroom will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.

Quintero Weaver will also lead a free graphic novel workshop for youth between the ages of 13 and 17 on Wednesday, January 20, 6 pm, at the Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Boulevard in Evans. Though the event is free, registration is required as space is limited (we still have plenty of spaces right now, so it is not too late!). Register online or by calling Erin Prentiss at 706-667-4912.

Using an engaging graphic novel format, Darkroom tells Quintero Weaver’s story of growing up in an Argentine-American family in Alabama during the civil rights movement. Library Journal praised Weaver’s Darkroom as “a moving testimony [that] provides a rarely heard voice from the turbulent past of U.S. race relations….Featuring graceful and realistic black-and-gray art, this is recommended for students of social inequalities, teen and adult, and will be especially valuable for classrooms” (Cornog and Raiteri 70).

Learn more about Ms. Quintero Weaver’s writing and illustration process and see sample pages of the book in her article “How and Why I Wrote My Graphic Memoir.” A print copy of Darkroom is available for browsing at the Information Desk of Reese Library on Augusta University’s Summerville Campus.

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