Week 3

Thursday, February 23, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 pm
South Ballroom, Purdue Memorial Union

Nush Powell, Associate Professor of English & University Faculty Scholar, College of Liberal Arts, speaking on Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona

Bone Gap

About Nimona:
National Book Award finalist, Indies Choice Book of the Year, New York Times Bestseller, New York Times Notable Book, Kirkus Best Book, School Library Journal Best Book, Publishers Weekly Best Book, and NPR Best Book!

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent graphic novel from Noelle Stevenson. 

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Reviews:
“If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.” (Kirkus Reviews starred review)

“Sharp visuals, a nifty amalgam of fantasy and science fiction elements, and relationships drawn with complexity, wit, and depth create a world worth returning to again and again.” (Publishers Weekly starred review)

“[Stevenson’s] voice is clear and precise, her drawings confident, her use of color growing in depth and assurance as the story progresses.” (New York Times)

“Nimona, with all her flaws, breaks away completely from what women are allowed to be in popular fiction.” (Vanity Fair)

“Funny and vibrant, with wonderful energy in Stevenson’s illustrations and a wicked wit in her storytelling.” (Slate)

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