29 Jan 2016

Staunch and original: Canadian writer Mariko Tamaki

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 29 January 2016

"There's a much stronger connection to the teenage self in my generation than in the past."

Writer Mariko Tamaki is best known for her graphic novels This One Summer and Skim – both collaborations with her illustrator cousin Jillian Tamaki. Both novels centre on adolescence, being a misfit, and teen angst.

With a flair for the young adult voice, Tamaki confronts topics such as depression, suicide, sexual orientation, taboo relationships and diverse experiences of race. Unusually for its genre This One Summer was the winner of Printz and Caldecott Honors in 2015 and received the Eisner Prize for 'Best Graphic Album'.

She talks with Kathryn Ryan.

She is appearing at this years Writers Week in Wellington which runs from Tuesday 8th - Sunday 13th March.

This One Summer

This One Summer Photo: supplied