Virtual Event: Megan Margulies with Alia Volz
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Join Brookline Booksmith for a virtual conversation between Megan Marguilies, author of My Captain America: A Granddaughter’s Memoir of a Legendary Comic Book Artist, and Alia Volz, author of Home Baked.
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My Captain America is a finely wrought coming-of-age memoir about the author’s relationship with her beloved grandfather Joe Simon, cartoonist and co-creator of Captain America. Growing up in the New York City of the ‘90s, Megan Margulies’ childhood was marked by the drugs and violence of the outside world and the cramped chaos of five people in a 550 square foot apartment. Her escape was her grandfather, Daddy Joe: a nonjudgmental voice whose sense of humor was as dry as his farfel, and a steady presence in a world that felt off balance.
Evoking New York City both in the 1980s and ’90s and during the Golden Age of comics in the 1930s and ’40s, My Captain America flashes back from Megan’s story to chart the life and career of Joe Simon, from his early days to his partnership with Jack Kirby at Timely Comics, which resulted in the creation of beloved characters like Captain America, the Boy Commandos, and Fighting American.
Megan Margulies grew up in New York City. Her essays have appeared in various publications, including the Washington Post, New York Magazine, and Woman’s Day. She now lives outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters
Alia Volz is the author of Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020). Her work has been published in The Best American Essays 2017, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Guernica, Salon, and many other places.