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The writer’s business is to find the shape in unruly life and to serve her story. Not, you may note, to serve her family, or to serve the truth, but to serve the story.

Alison Bechdel is an American cartoonist, most well-known for her graphic novel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. She is also known for Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, and the comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, which created the Bechdel Test.

She has won numerous awards, inluding an Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work in 2007, the Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award in 2007, The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 2012, The International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education Distinguished Educator Award in 2013, the Lambda Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Literature in 2014 and The Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media in 2015.