Multnomah County Library selects Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversation for 20th annual Everybody Reads program

PORTLAND, Ore. — September 16, 2021 — Multnomah County Library has selected the graphic memoir Good Talk: A memoir in conversations by author and illustrator Mira Jacob as its 2022 Everybody Reads title. 

Good Talk is the first-ever graphic memoir selected for Everybody Reads. Graphic memoir is a  visual, comics-like storytelling format for nonfiction. Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election, Jacob shares how her interracial family grappled with the changing political and social landscape of America after September 11, 2001. Both funny and revealing, Jacob explores what it means to be a parent, a partner, a child and a friend in an America divided by race and politics.

“Through intimate, often casual conversations among friends, family and strangers in her life, Jacob surfaces some of this country's biggest, most complex and entrenched issues with all the pain, irony, messiness, humor and disappointment that we humans bring to them,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. 

The library will host discussions and programs for people of all ages to explore the title’s themes, including parenting, identity, family, culture, and the affirming power of conversation and curiosity. The library will also offer opportunities to learn about the art of comic books, graphic novels and graphic memoir.

Everybody Reads will culminate in an in-person author lecture with Mira Jacob, presented by Literary Arts, on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Tickets are available from Literary Arts.

Patrons can check out Good Talk now through the library or pick up a free copy in January 2022 at any library branch. Copies of the book are made possible through the generous support of The Library Foundation. The library will also distribute thousands of copies of Good Talk through libraries and high schools across Multnomah County. 

About the author

Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic. Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and named a New York Times Notable Book.

Her novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, and Goodreads, among others. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Literary Hub, Vogue, and the Telegraph.

Everybody Reads, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible in part by The Library Foundation with the author appearance made possible by Literary Arts.