MANZANITA - Author and columnist Steve Duin will give a presentation on the graphic novel at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Manzanita Writers' Series at the Hoffman Center Annex. Graphic novels are a growing genre of books that combine words and drawings to tell a story.

Duin is the Metro columnist for The Oregonian, a post he has held since 1994. Twice in the past six years he has been named the nation's best local columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists. Duin is the author or co-author of five books, including "Comics: Between the Panels," which is a history of comics, and "Father Time," a collection of his Oregonian columns dealing with fatherhood and family.

Duin is also an expert on and aficionado of graphic novels and often reviews them in his blog at blog.oregonlive.com/steveduin. The Writers' Series invites everyone to learn about this fascinating, rapidly-growing genre.

A few of the graphic novels Duin recommends and will be discussing are "Fun Home," by Alison Bechdel; "Tamara Drewe," by Posy Simmonds; "Alan's War," by Emmanuel Guibert (a poignant memoir of a soldier in WWII); and "American Born Chinese," by Gene Luen Yang.

Following Duin's discussion and question/answer time, the popular Open Mic session will provide opportunities for the audience to hear nine local writers read from their original work. Interested writers sign up at the door to read on a first come, first to read basis. Writers interested in reading should check out the Open Mic guidelines at www.hoffmancentermanzanita.org/manzanitawriters or contact Kathie Hightower at (503) 368-8161 or kathie@jumpintolife.net

"Comics Between the Panels" is a history of comics as told by Oregonian columnist Steve Duin and Mike Richardson, publisher of Dark Horse Comics. Submitted photo

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