Graphic Novelist Lila Quintero Weaver Talks about Immigration and Identity with Viewpoint’s Eighth Graders
Graphic Novelist Lila Quintero Weaver Talks about Immigration and Identity with Viewpoint’s Eighth Graders

Last month, author Lila Quintero Weaver spoke to Viewpoint School’s Eighth Grade students during a virtual assembly.

Ms. Weaver is the author of the illustrated graphic memoir Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White.  Viewpoint’s Eighth Grade students read this graphic novel as part of their English literature curriculum.

This is Ms. Weaver’s third virtual visit with Viewpoint School. Each year she shares stories about her family, her move to the United States, and the forces that inspired her to share her story with her readers. These visits allow our students to engage directly with an author, asking her questions about her writing and artwork.

Darkroom traces the author's experience moving from Argentina to the Civil Rights-era American South with rich, detailed black and white drawings. The book chronicles her family's first-hand view of the Civil Rights Movement and highlights issues around immigration, identity, and race relations.  

Ms. Weaver’s book has been prominently featured in School Library Journal magazine in an article about graphic memoirs, and an article focused on Latinx graphic novels. She continues to express her appreciation for Viewpoint’s students, commenting that her book is typically read at the college level.

For more information about award-winning graphic novels, please visit the Fletcher Family Library’s Graphic Novel LibGuide.