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Chris Ware's Ambitious Approach To Building Stories

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Chris Ware’s latest work, Building Stories, has garnered a lot of attention. It’s an ambitious book project that tells the seemingly simple story of a nameless, disabled protagonist from her college years to motherhood. But the tale is told in a groundbreaking form: 14 pieces ranging from slim pamphlets to cloth-bound books illustrate her life and the lives of those around her.

The different stories come in a large box and can be read in any order:

Credit: John Rosman, Jason Bernert/OPB

The enthusiastic response to the book built on the accolades Ware received for earlier works like Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth and the Acme Novelty Library series. The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine named Building Stories one of the 10 best books of 2012.

Think Out Loud spoke to Chris Ware live at Literary Arts in downtown Portland on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon in front of a small audience.

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