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Powell's Books Presents Jonathan Hill in Conversation With Lisa Ko
Three siblings search for their missing mother across a ruined America in Ignatz Award nominee Jonathan Hill’s new original graphic novel, ODESSA (Oni Press). Eight years ago an earthquake — the Big One — hit along the Cascadia fault line, toppling cities and changing landscapes up and down the west coast of the United States. Life as we know it changed forever. But for Vietnamese American Virginia Crane, life changed shortly after the earthquake, when her mother left and never came back. Ginny has gotten used to a life without her mother, helping her father take care of her two younger brothers, Wes and Harry. But when a mysterious package arrives for her 18th birthday, her life is shaken up yet again. For the first time, Ginny wants something more than to survive. And it might be a selfish desire, but she's determined to find out what happened to her mother — even if it means leaving her family behind. Hill will be joined in conversation by Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers.

Nov 24, 2020 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jonathan Hill
Jonathan Hill is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist, illustrator, and educator living in Portland, OR. In 2003 he graduated as valedictorian of the Savannah College of Art & Design with a degree in Sequential Art. After graduating, he moved to Portland, Oregon. Some of his clients include the Portland Trailblazers, the Viet Nam Literature Project, the Willamette Week, Fantagraphics Books, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Tor.com, Lion Forge, The Believer Magazine, and Powell's City of Books. His first graphic novel, Americus, was published by First Second Books in Fall 2011. It was picked as an ABC New Voices 2011 title, was nominated as a YALSA 2012 Best Graphic Novel for Teens and was a Fall 2011 Junior Library Guild Premier Selection. In 2012 Americus won NAIBA's Carla Cohen Free Speech award, becoming the first graphic novel to do so.
Lisa Ko
Lisa Ko's first novel, The Leavers, was a 2017 National Book Award for Fiction finalist, won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, The Believer, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.