Roz Chast

Graphic-novel sales are outpacing the overall trade-book market, and their audience has expanded to include more women and younger readers. Graphic-novel publishers are offering an increasing number of stories featuring female protagonists. At the same time, the number of female creators in the field has grown. Among them: Roz Chast, whose graphic-novel memoir about caring for her elderly parents, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.

Jen Campbell, a long-time bookseller at Ripping Yarns in London and at the Edinburgh Bookshop, Campbell has had quite a few hilarious customer encounters, collected in a new hardcover out September 13th from Overlook called “Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores.”

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