Graphic memoir tells Aubrey Bart’s story

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Local author and artist Emily Bracale will talk about her new book, “Our Last Six Months: An Illustrated Memoir about Death, Cancer, End-of-life Care, Love, Family, and Forgiveness,” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, April 21, from 1:30-3 p.m.

The graphic memoir, published in January, is about Aubrey Bart (1949-2017), former resident of and bus driver in Southwest Harbor.

This real-life story showcases what millions of people in the United States go through when dealing with end-of-life choices and health care, the governmental and health insurance bureaucracies, and the profound effects of poverty on health. “In the face of all these challenges, it is the generosity of Bart’s family, friends and community that makes all the difference,” said a press release.

“This unusual hybrid book conveys half of its story visually, through hundreds of cartoons, comics and painted illustrations integrated with the text. There is a tremendous depth of tenderness in the telling, even a dose of humor. Ultimately, this book is a heart-warming celebration of life and love.”

Arthur Westing said, “Its subtle blend of public healthcare information, pathos, and gentle humor, is a tour-de-force that will help elevate the emerging graphic-memoir genre into the literary mainstream.”

Visit www.ourlastsixmonthsbook.com.

Bracale is a lifelong artist and educator. She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and College of the Atlantic. Her professional experience includes classroom teaching at public and private schools, art education for children and adults, graphic design, landscape design, watercolor landscape painting and nonfiction writing. She is the author and illustrator of “In the Lyme-Light: Portraits of Illness and Healing” (2010) and the revised edition, “In the Lyme-Light II: Portraits of Illness and Healing (2014).

The book talk is free and open to all. Call the library at 244-7065.

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