Darkroom by Lila Quintero Weaver
A Memoir in Black and White

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Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White is an arresting and moving personal story about childhood, race, and identity in the American South, rendered in stunning illustrations by the author, Lila Quintero Weaver.  In 1961, when Lila was five, she and her family emigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Marion, Alabama, in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt. As educated, middle-class Latino immigrants in a region that was defined by segregation, the Quinteros occupied a privileged vantage from which to view the racially charged culture they inhabited. Weaver and her family were firsthand witnesses to key moments in the civil rights movement.  But Darkroom is her personal story as well: chronicling what it was like being a Latina girl in the Jim Crow South, struggling to understand both a foreign country and the horrors of our nation’s race relations. Weaver, who was neither black nor white, observed very early on the inequalities in the American culture, with its blonde and blue-eyed feminine ideal. Throughout her life, Lila has struggled to find her place in this society and fought against the discrimination around her.
 

About Lila Quintero Weaver

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Lila Quintero Weaver received her BA from New College at The University of Alabama. She and her husband,Paul, live in Northport, Alabama. Darkroom is her first book.
 
Published February 16, 2012 by University Alabama Press. 264 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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At such points it reads more like a civil-rights primer (often with powerful imagery) than the account from an immigrant neither black nor white, “in America but not of America.” In the afterword, Weaver explains that this began as an undergraduate project by an adult student, one who is plainly ...

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The deep South of the early 1960s was a world with a deep division between black and white, a time explored in this debut autobiographical graphic novel.

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The Huntsville Times

MOBILE, Alabama -- It is thanks to a close friend of mine that I know about “Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White” (Alabama, paper, $24.95) by Lila Quintero Weaver.

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Over time, she filled these pages not just with her own family’s personal story, but also the story of the Civil Rights movement itself, told in pieces large and small.

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