The Librarian Is In

Courtesy of the Davis Family Library

Courtesy of the Davis Family Library

By KATRINA SPENCER

Literatures and cultures librarian Katrina Spencer is liaison to the Anderson Freeman Center, the Arabic department, the French department, the Gender Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS Program), the Language Schools, Linguistics and the Spanish & Portuguese departments. These affiliations are reflected in her reading choices. “While I am a very slow reader, I’m a very critical reader,” she says.

Pages: 47

The What

“Mamette” is a work of graphic literature born from a strong tradition of cartooning in France. The title character is Mamette, a senior citizen who is also a widow. It tells of her intimate and sweet adventures in navigating her daily life: meeting up with friends in a park, visiting her husband’s tombstone and babysitting a rambunctious youth, to name a few. The work is beautifully colored and its humor is warm, quiet and endearing.

The Why

I came across this work by accident in Montreal. I was visiting a friend and asked her to take me to a French-language bookstore, Renaud-Bray. I spent most of my time on the upper level of the store where graphic novels and children’s literature were housed. As a librarian who loves languages, how could I resist? I furiously jotted down titles that I thought would be great for our browsing collection and that’s how the library came to acquire this author’s work.

Rating: 5/5 cardigans

Heart-warming, beautiful, full-color and unpretentious; this work does not try not to be any more than what it is.

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