Avid Bookshop presents local author and artist Eleanor Davis for her book Why Art? This event will take place at our Prince Ave. location on Sunday, February 25, from 5:30 to 7pm. It is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of this book from us and to get it signed at the event!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change?
In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How to Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worth of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eleanor Davis is an American cartoonist and illustrator who creates comic works and other art for both adolescent and adult audiences.
In August 2014, Fantagraphics Books published Davis' first collection of stories How to Be Happy. Slate described the collection as "a mix of evocative, geometric watercolors and fluid pen-and-ink cartoons, How to Be Happy tells stories of sad people, lonely people, strong people, confident people, all trying to find a tiny bit of happiness in life." Upon the publication of How to Be Happy, comics critic Richard Bruton described Davis as "without question, a major young creator."
Davis teaches comic book storytelling classes at the University of Georgia.