Creating an Immigrant Memoir in Words and Images

Date: March 4, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center

Lila Quintero Weaver "Darkroom" poster

Lecture by Lila Quintero Weaver

In this lecture, Lila will describe her personal experiences and detail the process of creating a graphic novel from original sketches to the final book layout.

Lila Quintero Weaver, author-illustrator of the graphic memoir Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White (U of Alabama Press, 2012), was born in Buenos Aires and immigrated to rural Alabama in 1961 at the age of five. A first-hand account of the racial tension and violence that Lila's family witnessed in their adopted hometown in Alabama's Black Belt region, Darkroom is simultaneously a coming-of-age story, an immigrant tale and a unique narrative of Jim Crow South.

Darkroom was named a finalist for the Small Press Expo 2012 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent and for the graphic-novel category in the 2012 Cybils. The Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group designated Darkroom a winner in its 2013 Notable Books for a Global Society. Steinkis Editions, a Parisian publisher, has released a French translation, Darkroom: Mémoires en Noirs et Blancs; a Swedish translation is forthcoming.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Visiting Educator Fund and the Spanish Department

Book signing and reception to follow.

Exhibition Feb. 10 - March 7, 2014
Stevens Gallery, Reid Campus Center

Exhibit items include photographs, sketches and page layouts that illustrate Lila’s family’s experiences as well as the process of creating a graphic novel.

Both the lecture and exhibition are free and open to the public.