Who gives meaning to a story: the reader or the writer? Plus, meet Mari Naomi, author and illustrator.

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Graphic novel memoirs, writing conferences, and readers’ interpretations vs. a writer’s intention: In this episode of Write Along Radio, Catherine & Kevin kick off with a short recap of CANCON2014 (Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature) and dive into an interview with graphic novelist, Mari Naomi around her new book, Dragon’s Breath.

Mari Naomi is an accomplished illustrator and author of "the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories (2D Cloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), the upcoming book Turning Japanese (2D Cloud, 2015), and her self-published Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009)."  With the launch of her newest graphic memoir, Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, she’s speaking with Kevin specifically on the creation of the creative non-fiction comic, and one particular story in the collection, Sleep Deprived.

We also recently attended CANCON 2014, where Write Along Radio held a panel, and Kevin sat up on several others. This was a great chance to catch up with other writers of speculative fiction and meet passionate fans. CANCON is a yearly event in Ottawa, Ontario, that assembles writers, scientists, publishing professionals and fans for panel discussions, readings, launches, presentations and parties.  

 

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