And in some excellent company!
Wonderful article in the April 2023 print issue. (view digital version here)
"[The Keeper] reads at a brisk pace, though readers will certainly want to linger on the beautiful depictions of birds, people and scenes from her life. She weaves in historical context in graceful and necessary ways." (Read the full review here--no paywall.)
"Like the best sports books, it’s really about life: she gets into feminism, freedom, art, women’s bodies, and the loneliness of the goalkeeper (she quotes from fellow keepers Camus and Nabokov). The result’s a winning argument for women’s sports as a gateway to freedom and self-determination."
Reviewed at the Indiana Author Awards
"[The Keeper] is about more than soccer, feminism, or writing; it’s a delightful blend of all three." (more here)
The Keeper finds itself in a ginormous tie for the second tier of third place! :)
The Keeper is in some great company here.
PW recommends The Keeper for your holiday gift needs!
I wrote an essay and comic for the Washington Post: "Title IX became law 50 years ago. Here's why it still matters."
An excerpt of The Keeper featuring fellow goalkeepers Vladimir Nabokov and Albert Camus.
PW calls The Keeper an "exuberant and engaging graphic memoir" and publishes an excerpt featuring Lolita, Madonna, Prince, and the Pink Ladies.
"Every time I began turning the pages too fast, carried away with the story, Ervick would slow me down, reminding me to savor the writing, the art, and especially the electricity created by the two in combination."
Exciting list, and The Keeper is on it!
"It is funny. It is about feminism. It is about...growing up female and being an athlete." (link)
"To every woman in sports who has lived a life cleaved in two, who has felt they must always be sacrificing a part of themselves for another, who has been asked to choose between unfit or objectified on the field, brutish or palpable at school, between girl and athlete, this book is for you."
Join the Asynchronous Book Club and check out this list of discussion questions and a drawing prompt for THE KEEPER at Autobiographix.
Per the title of this review, "A Goalkeeper Scores," I really did score in a game when I punted a long ball on a short field against a bad team and somehow it went in!
"Graphic Novel Pays Homage to the Heroes of Title IX," published as part of Indiana University's special feature on the 50th anniversary of Title IX.
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