The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

February 14, 2016

February 14 2009

Leanne Shapton (June 25, 1973) is a graphic novelist. A Guardian book blurb mentions her background:

She has worked as art director on the New York Times op-ed page, and has contributed to Elle magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. In 2003 she published her first book of drawings, Toronto. Her 2012 account of her early career as a trainee Olympic swimmer, Swimming Studies, won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle award for autobiography.

Lots of other info at the link above. Now though we focus on one of her graphic novels. It can get confusing so let me just sketch her idea first. The novel is named as if it were an auction catalog, wherein the lives of a couple are put on the market. The graphic novel is subtitled "Saturday 14 February 2009 New York."  The full title is Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry. (2009) Below is a page from the book:

As you can see the cover of one of the book being auctioned has a cat on it, because the book is the famous The Master and Margarita a Soviet era novel by Mikhail Bulgakov.

I will be keeping track of this artist.

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