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Margueritte Abouet Author Event!!!
October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
French-Ivorian graphic novelist Marguerite Abouet reflects on the success of her critically acclaimed graphic novel series, Aya of Yop City, and the role of the visual arts in African self-representation. Ms. Abouet, who was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, moved to Paris, where she currently resides, at the age of 12.
Her series follows the adventures of 19-year-old Aya and her friends as they come of age in the suburbs of Abidjan during the late 1970’s. Widely lauded in France and abroad, the inaugural volume Aya won the Angoulême International Comics Festival First Comic Book prize in 2006, and the collection has been translated into 17 languages.
As a screenwriter, Ms. Abouet has provided the scripts for television and film, including the film adaptation of her graphic novels and the Dakar-based series C’est la vie for TV5 Afrique. Additionally, she is the founder “Livres pour tous” (“Books for all”), an organization dedicated to making books more accessible to children across Africa through the creation of neighborhood libraries.
Little Shop of Stories is honored to be hosting Margueritte Abouet. Please come join us!