Posted on December 28, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Tillie Walden didn’t specifically set out to write the book she wished she could have read, but that’s exactly what she ended up doing.

Her graphic memoir Spinning — which won an Eisner Award earlier this year — started out as an assignment from the Center for Cartoon Studies to make the best comic she could.

Spinning recounts Walden’s years as a figure skater and her disillusionment with the sport; as she tells NPR’s Mallory Yu, the process of writing and drawing it was incredibly emotionally intense.

And if it had been a book she could’ve read at age thirteen, she says, “it would have changed my life.”

Learn more about Walden and her work so far on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

Tagged As: Graphic novel, Memoir, NPR

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