(HUDSON, NY.) – Graphic novelist Lucy Knisley will share excerpts from her newest memoir, Relish, on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 4pm, at the Hudson Opera House (HOH). The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist and New York Times bestselling author comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Knisley (the K is silent) traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe — many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Knisley’s original inventions.
Lucy Knisley was born in New York City, raised in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she went to study painting, and ended up making comics. She then studied at the Center for Cartoon Studies, where she received a scholarship to pursue her MFA (completed in June, 2009). She began with a love for Archie comics, Tintin and Calvin and Hobbes, and has been making comics in some form or another since she could hold a pencil. Her comics about her adventures have gained her a devoted Internet audience. Her first published book, French Milk, is a drawn journal about living (and eating) in Paris with her mother. During her years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she edited and contributed to the comics section of FNews Magazine, where she won the ICPA award for Excellence in Illinois College Newspapers (for exceptional cartoon or comic strip), and was a finalist in the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Charles M. Schulz College Cartoonist Award.
A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product. Knisley’s comics about life, food, travel have been seen in Saveur Magazine, The New York Times, and in her first book, French Milk, a travelogue about a trip to Paris.
Lucy Knisley is an illustrator, comic artist and author, sometime puppeteer, ukulele player and food/travel writer. She likes books, sewing, bicycles, food you can eat with a spoon, ornery cats, art you can climb on, manatees, nice pens, costumes, baking, television, cheese and Oscar Wilde. She lives in New York, where she can be closer to her mom’s cooking. She makes comics, does freelance illustration, and teaches the occasional comics workshop.