Caroline Werner Gannett Project Brings Graphic Novelist Lynda Barry to RIT May 5

The event is free and open to the public

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Cult-hero of the graphic fiction world, Lynda Barry will talk and hold a workshop “Writing the Unthinkable” at Rochester Institute of Technology May 5, concluding the Caroline Werner Gannett Project for the academic year.

The workshop will be held 9 a.m. to noon in the Skalny Room in the Student Alumni Union. Barry’s talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. Both events are free and open to the public. However, registration is required for the workshop. Contact Cassandra Shellman to reserve a spot.

Barry’s comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” celebrates its 30th year in print this year. She is a recipient of the Washington State Governor’s Award for her novel, The Good Times are Killing Me, later adapted as an off-Broadway play. The New York Times called her critically acclaimed second novel, Cruddy, “a work of terrible beauty.”

Barry received the 2003 William Eisner award for Best Graphic Album and an American Library Association Alex award for her book, One Hundred Demons. A recent collection of comic strips, The! Greatest! Of! Marlys!, features the dysfunctional family life of Marlys, Maybonne and Freddie Mullen.

For more information, call (585) 475-2057 or visit the Gannett Project Web site.