Join KATE BEATON—New York Times bestselling webcomic artist and author of Hark! A Vagrant—for a discussion of her debut full length graphic narrative “Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands.”
BOOK DISCUSSION DETAILS
Thursday September 29, 2022 6:00 PM ET
40 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Get Tickets: https://www.harvard.com/event/kate_beaton1/
About the Author:
KATE BEATON grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology at Mount Allison University. She presently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
About the Book:
“An exceptionally beautiful book about loneliness, labor, and survival.“?Carmen Maria Machado
Before there was Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of Hark! A Vagrant, there was Katie Beaton of the Cape Breton Beaton, specifically Mabou, a tight-knit seaside community where the lobster is as abundant as beaches, fiddles, and Gaelic folk songs. With the singular goal of paying off her student loans, Katie heads out west to take advantage of Alberta’s oil rush?part of the long tradition of East Coasters who seek gainful employment elsewhere when they can’t find it in the homeland they love so much. Katie encounters the harsh reality of life in the oil sands, where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet is never discussed.
Beaton’s natural cartooning prowess is on full display as she draws colossal machinery and mammoth vehicles set against a sublime Albertan backdrop of wildlife, northern lights, and boreal forest. Her first full length graphic narrative, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is an untold story of Canada: a country that prides itself on its egalitarian ethos and natural beauty while simultaneously exploiting both the riches of its land and the humanity of its people.