The National Book Awards longlist for Nonfiction has been announced and it includes a graphic novel for the first time. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Roz Chast’s wry, honest memoir of her parent’s fading years, made the list; it was not only the only graphic novel but the only book by a woman to make the list.
The book is Chast’s first long-form comic—one can hope it won’t be her last—and has won both exemplary reviews and strong sales since it came out in April.
Chast, best known for her New Yorker cartoons, is only the second graphic novelist to make the NBA list; Gene Luen Yang was twice a finalist, for Boxers and Saints and American Born Chinese.
In case you haven’t noticed it, comics aren’t just for kids any more.
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.