— Ron Charles (@RonCharles) March 12, 2015
Roz Chast had an incredible 2014 as her book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? topped best seller list, garnered award nominations left and right, and in general become one of a handful of graphic novels—Maus, American Born Chinese and This One Summer among them—to gain as much prestige in the larger world of books. Last night it added to its already formidable laurels by winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in the Best Autobiography category, a huge win for a graphic novel. Michael Cavna has all the background, tweets and quotes. To which we can only say congratulations, Roz Chast! For your first graphic novel you not only knocked it out of the park, you invented a new sport.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.