UPDATE! AT the event Bagieu told me that “Culottes” will be published next year by First Second as Brazen. Yay!
Tonight at 7:30 I’m doing a book release event at the WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn with the amazing and talenrted Pénéope Bagieu for the arrival of her GN California Dreamin’, a biography of Mama Cass Elliott. It’s a fascinating look at what it takes to get famous, told through the eyes of everyone around Elliot.
It’s not Bagieu’s first foray in biography. Although, alas you must be fluent in french to read it, Culottes, (panties) is an ongoing series of mini bios of notable women, such as astronaut Mae Jemison, philanthropist Peggy Guggenheim, activist Naziq al-Abid and many more. These are not your usual Marie Curie/Emily Dickenson bios, more deep cuts of remarkable women who deserve more attention. Even if you can’t read all the words, Bagieu’s clean, charming style is delightful to behold and gives many insights on its own.
The series has been collected in French, maybe someone will pick it up for the US?
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