Book Launch: Call Me Bill by Lynette Richards

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Join us at the Bus Stop Theatre on October 6, 2022 at 6:30 pm, as we launch the first title in Conundrum Press’s new young adult imprint, Emanata. CALL ME BILL, by Nova Scotia comic artist and stained glass artisan Lynette Richards, tells the well-documented but little-known story of Maggie/Bill Armstrong, a young sailor who died in the wreck on the SS Atlantic in 1873.
Award-winning graphic novelist Veronica Post will MC, and books will be available for purchase on-site. To protect our most vulnerable community members, masks are requested.
A gorgeously illustrated historical graphic novel based on a real person who, defying gender expectations, left home in search of adventure and a more authentic life, Call Me Bill has already received significant praise since its release on September 13th, including a glowing review from Publisher’s Weekly, and a starred review from the Quill & Quire, which stated: “It is easy to see Armstrong as an inspiring model for teenagers that don’t want to conform to gender roles – Maggie/Bill is the type of person who will fight bullies but also muse poetically about nature, and still have time to chat kindly with children onboard the ship.”
Lynette Richards has been cartooning her whole life. She chose stained glass as her professional medium because it was both a trade and an art. She was fully aware, too, that stained glass windows have used sequential narration for over 1000 years, and are essentially, early graphic novels!
As a Craft Nova Scotia Master Artisan, Lynette is proud to have been selected to create large public art installations for the first Pride Library in Canada (UWO London ON), and the ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto). Lynette lives and works in Terence Bay Nova Scotia, where she owns and operates Rose Window Stained Glass and serves on the Board of Directors of the SS Atlantic Heritage Park and Society.
Veronica Post is an award-winning graphic novelist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following a brief and disillusioning attempt at University for Philosophy and Fine Arts, respectively, she moved to Montreal where she completed a diploma in fine cabinetry, which suited her much better. She played drums in punk bands, ate poutine, worked in factories and joined a local zine distro that encouraged her to self-publish and distribute her mini-comics. This encouragement turned a life-long love for comic books into a passion for creating auto-biographical work in graphic-novel form.
She left Montreal for the allure of Eastern Europe, where she created the characters Langosh and Peppi and began working on what would become Fugitive Days, a fictionalised autobiography published by Conundrum Press and awarded with the Doug Wright “Nipper” award in 2020. She continues to create work based on these characters and looks forward to publishing more books exploring their world, and her own


October 6, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bus Stop Theatre