Librairie D+Q presents Lee Lai launching Stone Fruit
6 May 2021 19:00
Join us to celebrate the release of Lee Lai's debut original graphic novel, Stone Fruit. Lee is joined in conversation by poet Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch.
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Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties to Ray's niece, six-year-old Nessie. Their playdates are little oases of wildness, joy, and ease in all three of their lives, which ping-pong between familial tensions and deep-seeded personal stumbling blocks. As their emotional intimacy erodes, Ray and Bron isolate from each other and attempt to repair their broken family ties — Ray with her overworked, resentful single-mother sister and Bron with her religious teenage sister who doesn't fully grasp the complexities of gender identity. Taking a leap of faith, each opens up and learns they have more in common with their siblings than they ever knew. At turns joyful and heartbreaking, Stone Fruit reveals through intimately naturalistic dialog and blue-hued watercolor how painful it can be to truly become vulnerable to your loved ones — and how fulfilling it is to be finally understood for who you are.
Lee Lai is an Australian cartoonist and illustrator living in Tio'tia:ke (Montreal, QC). ELI TAREQ EL BECHELANY-LYNCH
Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch is a queer Arab poet living in Tio’tia:ke, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory (Montreal).
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