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Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White is an arresting and moving personal story about childhood, race, and identity in the American South, rendered in stunning illustrations by the author, Lila Quintero Weaver.

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Lila Quintero Weaver

Lila Quintero Weaver is a native Argentine. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1961. Alabama has been home ever since. Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White is Lila's first major publication. It began as an academic project that morphed into a fully realized graphic novel. Four years--that's how long it took Lila to crank out over 500 drawings and 250 pages. The book was released by The University of Alabama Press in March 2012. Don't look for Lila's MFA creds. She is a self-taught visual artist and apprentice writer with a pretty good eye for picking how-to writing and art books and is not shy about asking craft-related questions from experts. She received her formal education from the University of Alabama. Lila was thrilled to be named a finalist for the Small Press Expo 2012 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent and for the graphic-novel category in the 2012 Cybils. The Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group designated Darkroom as a winner in its 2013 Notable Books for a Global Society. Recently, the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa announced Lila as its Druid Arts Awards Literary Artist for 2013. Darkroom has a French counterpart and soon, a Swedish. In March 2013, the Parisian publisher Steinkis Editions released Darkroom: Mémoires en Noirs et Blancs. Lila's only regret is that her French grandfather and French-Argentine mother didn't live to see this happen. The profile photo was taken by Alicia Anstead, Editor-in-Chief of The Writer Magazine. We met at Miami Book Fair International 2012.

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