Authors @ Acadia present Meags Fitzgerald

Monday, March 27 at  7:00 pm
KC Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium

Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal-based artist and an award-winning illustrator, graphic novelist and stop-motion animator.  She improvises regularly in Montreal and abroad with her troupe, Quest of the Dragon King. She also participates in live storytelling events including Carte Blanche’s This Really Happened, Confabulation and at Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids, as well as at Letters from Montreal, the Maisonneuve Magazine lecture series. She's formerly an instructor of Montreal Improv Theatre. You can support her work on Patreon.

Long Red Hair is Meags Fitzgerald’s follow up to her acclaimed Photobooth: A Biography. In this graphic memoir, Fitzgerald paints a childhood full of sleepovers, playing dress-up, amateur fortune-telling and renting scary movies. Yet, Fitzgerald suspects that she is unlike her friends. The book navigates a child’s struggle with averageness, a preteen’s budding bisexuality and a young woman’s return after rejection. Fitzgerald takes us from her first kiss to a life sworn to singlehood, while weaving in allusions to witches in history and popular culture. Long Red Hair alluringly delves into the mystique of red hair and the beguiling nature of alternative romantic relationships.

 Lambda Reviewer Sarah Sawyers-Lovett says:  Coming in at less than 100 pages, this book was a very quick read, but so nuanced and elegant that I re-read it several times to appreciate the way Fitzgerald’s words work in tandem with the ways in which she presents them. Her art is deceptively simple, with unique panel layouts and a variety of hand drawn fonts. The book is as interesting to look at as it is to read.

Atlantic Books Today reviewer Kim Hart Macneill says:Fitzgerald’s panels rarely follow the conventional square model, allowing her creativity to literally flow outside the box. Her drawing style is easy to read, but tiny details, like perfectly rendered “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actors on the TV in her family home, add authenticity to the memoir and draw in the reader.

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