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September 22, 2019

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel ’77 Named to 100 best books of the 21st century

The Guardian’s  “The 100 Best Books of the 21st Century” describes Fun Home as a pioneering work that helped shaped the modern genre of “graphic memoir.” The book is praised for “combining detailed and beautiful panels with remarkable emotional depth.”

Fun Home was adapted into a Broadway musical and won five Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” The author, Alison Bechdel ’77, is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

In an interview, Bechdel credits her studies at Simon’s Rock as informing her work: “Arthur [Hillman]’s book art class taught me a LOT about cartooning, as it happens. Comics are basically artist’s books… Learning to not just illustrate a book but to make it was revolutionary for me.”