Some non-lawn related items

August 24th, 2006 | Interviews & Reviews, Oddments, Travels and Appearances

1. Fun Home has been nominated for a Quill Book Award in the graphic novel category. I’m sorry to say that I had never heard of the Quill Book Awards before this, but apparently they’re some kind consumer’s choice deal, and everyone can cast a vote. So my publicist said I should put it on my blog.

2. If you live in Seattle, come hear me read at the Bumbershoot Festival. I’m doing a reading Monday, September 4th at 6:30, in some place called the Alki Room, with Sean Wilsey. He’s the author of a wild memoir called Oh, the Glory of it All, and he’s also the guy who reviewed Fun Home for the New York Times Book Review–as you may recall he actually drove to my home town to fact-check me. It should be an interesting evening.

We normally don’t delight in the misfortune of others, but Sean Wilsey and Alison Bechdel have written such hilarious memoirs, that they’ve redeemed a good many of their readers’ horrible childhoods. John Douglas Marshall, Seattle P-I book critic and himself an award-winning memoirist, moderates the session of family therapy guaranteed to make you laugh.

3. Sorry about all the trouble people are having reading the strip and tweaking their browsers. Eventually I’ll get this sorted out. I promise.

4. If you get tired of voting for Fun Home to get a Quill award, you can vote for my high school boyfriend to win the HGTV Design Star contest. It’s one of them crazy Survivor-derivative shows, you know, where people compete to be the last person standing? Or in this case, the last interior designer standing. Normally I find those things excruciating to watch, but knowing someone–even if I only really knew him thirty years ago–makes it much more interesting.

Anyhow, you can go to the Design Star site, scroll down to “You Be The Judge” and vote through Friday for Tym. He used to be Tim. I guess Tym is his designer name.

9 Responses to “Some non-lawn related items”

  1. Deb says:

    Alison, fun Home just gotmy vote. tym was quite interesting and I have not watched a “reality” show yet. I will check tym out though. Thanks for the work you do on the blog and trying to sort out all our little whines and whimpers about trying to read the strip etc. I still think you and yours ought to have a picnic under that tree! 🙂

  2. tania says:

    Thanks for adding to my data set. I’m hoping to prove my theory that given the nauseating glut of reality programs now, there are only two degrees of separation between me (or any of us, really) and someone who has been on one.

  3. Jaibe says:

    Wow, how come Tym doesn’t mention being the only boyfriend of one of the most famous lesbians in the US under his interesting skills section? (or maybe under “what scares me”).

  4. --MC says:

    D’OH! I completely forgot you were reading at Bumbershoot this year. If anything could get me to pungle up the insane amount of money they want at the gates, it would be hearing you read therein. (Well, you and Vashti Bunyan. I should check the schedule to see if you conicide.)
    Fun fact: if you want to impress the natives, pronounce Alki “alkee”, not “alkI”. The former is the proper pronounciation, which is being lost to the ages.

  5. --MC says:

    Post 2: no, you and Vashti are on two different days. But you’re on the same day as CocoRosie. One can hear you read, then motor over to the Northwest Court to hear CR. And get a rasberry shortcake. That’d be a lovely Monday at Bumbershoot.

  6. Josiah says:

    Is there a way to say how interesting it is that Alison’s high school boyfriend is now an interior decorator (given the symbolic weight of interior decorating in Fun Home) without sounding like a pretentious and presumptuous Freudian?

    And was there a way to ask that question without quite so many embedded clauses?

  7. shadocat says:

    Well i tried to vote for Tym, but I was too late-apparrently he’s out-of the competion that is. Sorry Alison, I tried.

    My high school bf has acquired some semi-fame around here (in KC)as he is now a big time jazz musician in New Orleans, and of course there has been a lot of New Orleans coverage lately because of the Katrina annivesary, and he’s been featured in some of that.

    My mother (who knows I’m gay) read in the paper that he’s divorced, and she suggested I take a trip down there. When I asked “Why?”, she announced, in all sincerty, “Now’s your chance!” It’s been almost 9 yrs now–if this is just a phase, it’s a helluva long one…

  8. nic h says:

    tym so needs a haircut,
    is that why he got booted off.

  9. Cindy says:

    Your book is also in the “Book of the Year” category, where I promptly voted for it. I mean, Fun Home is just beyond all others!