Snaps in Halifax tonight
Lots of press today for Rebecca Kraatz’s Halifax launch for her new graphic novel Snaps.
The Chronicle Herald posts this lovely picture of Rebecca on the front page of their Arts and Life Section: “Kraatz says she always wanted to be a writer and always liked to draw. She switched between creative writing and art while studying at the University of Victoria. A longtime book lover, Kraatz grew up on Nancy Drew and Judy Blume novels. She had a light bulb moment when a high school teacher introduced her to William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. ‘Each chapter was a different person telling their story. I thought it was a really interesting way to tell a story and I use that in Snaps. I also loved short stories. I was really into 1940s dialogue. I liked James M. Cain and Jim Thompson, books that were dark, noir.’”
And Halifax’s alt-weekly The Coast also has a profile: “Thumbing through an old photo album never fails to open the floodgates of nostalgia, memories of love, loss, laughs and the odd creep are set off by looking at the photographic documentation of our lives. Flipping through Snaps, award-winning author and artist Rebecca Kraatz’s new book, the reader gets the same feelings. The stories and pictures aren’t ours, but they are so familiar and recognizable that we feel connected to them all the same.”
Come out to the launch tonight: Thursday, June 16 at The Carelton, 1685 Argyle Street. 7-9pm. Featuring a 1940s playlist. See you there.