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Raina Telgemeier

Author and Illustrator of the Graphic Novels "Smile" and "Drama"

Author and Illustrator of the Graphic Novels "Smile" and "Drama"

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Raina Telgemeier Biography

Raina Telgemeier is an American cartoonist whose works include the autobiographic webcomic Smile (A Dental Drama), which was published by Scholastic Press's Graphix imprint as a full-color graphic novel in February 2010.

Telgemeier was born May 26, 1977 in San Francisco. In her pre-teen years, Telgemeier suffered a serious mouth injury that required several years of dental and orthodontic surgery, (which is described in her 2010 graphic novel Smile). She was viciously teased by her friends, prompting her to partially withdraw into her love of drawing until she lost her patience with the abuse when they publicly humiliated her. She eventually found new friends of better character in high school who appreciated her artistic talent, increasing her confidence. With that encouragement, she studied illustration at New York's School of Visual Arts, and currently lives in Astoria, Queens. She lists Jeff Smith, Lynn Johnston and Adrian Tomine among her influences. She is married to Dave Roman, who is also a cartoonist.

Telgemeier's works include a series of self-published mini-comics called Take-Out, a short story in Bizarro World for DC Comics, a short story in Volume 4 of the Flight anthology and four graphic novel adaptations of Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series for Scholastic/Graphix: Kristy's Great Idea, The Truth About Stacey, Mary Anne Saves the Day and Claudia and Mean Janine. In August 2009, Del Rey Manga released X-Men: Misfits, which Telgemeier co-authored with her husband, Dave Roman.

In 2012, her graphic novel Drama about a middle school stage crew and performers was released.

In August 2014, her second autobiographical graphic novel, Sisters, about her life growing up with her younger sister, was released.

Telgemeier was nominated for the 2005 Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition, and the 2003 Ignatz Award in the categories of Promising New Talent and Outstanding Mini-comic. She was awarded Friends of Lulu's Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent in 2003. She has twice been nominated for the Web Cartoonists' Choice Award for Outstanding Slice-of-Life webcomic, for her webcomic Smile (A Dental Drama).

The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel Kristy's Great Idea was picked by YALSA for their 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, as well as ALA ’s Booklist 2007 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth list.

Smile is a 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor title. This is the first time a graphic novel has been nominated for or won this award. Smile was a 2010 New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2010, a 2011 ALA Notable Children's Book, a 2011 YALSA Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens pick and a Children's Choice Book Award Finalist. In 2011, the book won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens.

Drama won the 2013 Stonewall Book Award Honor from the American Library Association.

Telgemeier has also written Ghosts (2016), Guts (2019), and Share Your Smile (2019).

Raina Telgemeier Videos

  • Chatting with Raina Telgemeier | Reading Without Walls with Gene Yang
    Welcome Raina Telgemeier, author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Sisters, and Drama (all New York Times bestsellers). In this...
  • Raina Telgemeier: 2019 National Book Festival
    Raina Telgemeier discussed "Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story" at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival in...
  • Raina Telgemeier on Literacy - YouTube
    Raina Telgemeier addresses the importance of literacy at the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Raina ...

Raina Telgemeier Books

  • Guts
    Guts
  • Ghosts
    Ghosts
  • Drama (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
    Drama (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Raina Telgemeier is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Raina Telgemeier for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Raina Telgemeier generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Liz Fosslien, Jimmy Gownley, Nate Powell, David Mazzucchelli and Patricia Polacco. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Raina Telgemeier for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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