Book Culture LIC: David Heatley on Qualification
10/01/2019 – 6:30pm
26-09 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Join Book Culture LIC on Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30pm as we welcome Queens-based author, David Heatley, for the launch of his graphic memoir, Qualification: A Graphic Memoir in Twelve Steps. David will be joined in conversation by Mike Sacks
From the author of My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down, a new graphic memoir brimming with black humor, that explores the ultimate irony: the author’s addiction to 12-step programs.
David Heatley had an unquestionably troubled and eccentric childhood: father a sexually repressed alcoholic, mother an overworked compulsive overeater. Then David’s parents enter the world of 12-step programs and find a sense of support and community. It seems to help. David, meanwhile, grows up struggling with his own troublesome sexual urges and seeking some way to make sense of it all. Eventually he starts attending meetings too. Alcoholics Anonymous. Overeaters Anonymous. Debtors Anonymous. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. More and more meetings. Meetings for issues he doesn’t have.
With stark, sharply drawn art and unflinching honesty, Heatley explores the strange and touching relationships he develops, and the truths about himself and his family he is forced to confront while “working” an ever-increasing number of programs. The result is a complicated, unsettling, and hilarious journey–of far more than 12 steps.