By Audrey Niffenegger
Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Abrams, 2010
Genres: General fiction, short stories
Format: Graphic novel
Series: “The Night Bookmobile is the first installment of a much larger work, The Library, which has its origins in a dream I had as a teenager” (from the first page of “After Words” at the end of the book).
Number of pages: Unpaginated
Setting: Chicago, IL
Time period: Contemporary
Plot summary: Alexandra relates her experiences with the Night Bookmobile and how she came to work at The Library.
Illustrations: Color pictures and panels drawn in a simplistic style.
Characterization: Told in first person through Alexandra. The most important secondary character is Mr. Openshaw, the librarian.
Frame: The two frames for this story are found in the title – night and book. This is a dark story that involves many books.
Story line: A short memoir of Alexandra’s life and her obsession with the bookmobile and books.
Bookmobiles — Comic books, strips, etc.
Books and reading — Comic books, strips, etc.
Similar work: Insomnia Café: a graphic novel by MK Perker
Personal notes: Ick. I did not care for this story at all. I liked the pictures, but I found the story to be depressing and creepy.
Other : Diversity – woman with an obsession, librarians
Audrey Niffenegger’s website which includes a link to The Guardian where one can read this story online. Note: the story is posted in installments with the most recent listed first. Jump to the end page to read the first installment.