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November 27, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Virtual - LGBTQ+ Book Club: Read "Fine: A Comic About Gender" *For 15-100

Monday, November 27, 2023

We are so pleased to be partnering with the Peabody Institute Library (Peabody, MA) and Parker Memorial Library (Dracut, MA) to bring this book club for the LGBTQ+ community! and allies! If you are between the ages of 15-100 (yes, really!) and would like to chat about books that celebrate LGBTQ+ lives, and to use books as a springboard to discuss the challenges, we hope you can join us. This month's book selection is "Fine: A Comic About Gender" by Rhea Ewing. This book club will be facilitated by librarians from the LGBTQ+ community.

About the book:

As Rhea Ewing neared college graduation in 2012, they became consumed by the question: What is gender? This obsession sparked a quest in their quiet Midwest town, where they anxiously approached both friends and strangers for interviews to turn into comics. A decade later, their project has exploded into a fantastical and informative portrait of a surprisingly vast community spread across the country. Questions such as How do you identify? invited deep and honest accounts of adolescence, taking hormones, changing pronouns-and how these experiences can differ depending on culture, race, and religion. Amidst beautifully rendered scenes emerges Ewing's own visceral story growing up in rural Kentucky, grappling with their identity as a teenager, and ultimately finding themself through art-and by creating something this very fine

About the author: 

Rhea is an award winning artist, author, and science communicator. Self proclaimed as “science’s biggest fanboy”, Rhea’s work investigates the ways humans find meaning in the natural world. Rhea graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in printmaking in 2011. Since then they have worked with scientists and non-profit organizations big and small in creating images that captivate and inspire audiences. For Rhea, art and science are two sides of the same coin. Both require deep curiosity, a willingness to question, and a need to make meaning of the universe. 

In addition to their fine arts work, Rhea is a graphic novelist. Their award-winning debut graphic novel FINE: a comic about gender was released in April 2022.

You can order a copy of the book from our online catalog or we'll have several copies in the library if you'd like to come by and pick one up.  

Please register for this event. You will receive a program link in the confirmation and reminder emails. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Parker Memorial Library (Dracut) and the Peabody Institute Library (Peabody).

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