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Graphic-Novel Specialist Comes to Madigan Library


Graphic-novel expert Katherine 'Kat' Kan Audience fills Madigan Library's reading loft The speaker, amid a book display The latest title edited by the day's library visitor From noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Penn College hosted Katharine “Kat” Kan, a recognized expert selector and reviewer of graphic novels. During the event, arranged by Brodart Co. and James V. Brown Library originally scheduled for Brown, but postponed and moved to the college’s Madigan Library due to Wednesday’s inclement weather she signed copies of her recently published book, “Graphic Novels and Comic Books.” Kan earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in library science from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, has worked as a children’s and young adult librarian for public libraries in Hawaii and Indiana, and is a part-time school librarian in Florida. She has been writing about graphic novels in libraries since 1994, mostly for “Voice of Youth Advocates,” and she reviews graphic novels, teen fiction and adult mysteries for “VOYA” and for “Booklist.” She works as a collection development librarian for Brodart and is the selector for H.W. Wilson’s “Graphic Novels Core Collection.” Kan recently edited the latest title in Wilson’s “The Reference Shelf Series: Graphic Novels and Comic Books,” a collection of articles from a variety of consumer, trade and academic publications. Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer

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