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Published on February 12, 2018 8:13PM

The Manzanita Writers’ Series will welcome Portland author and illustrator Nicole J. Georges this Saturday, Feb. 17, for a reading from her graphic novel “Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home.”

When Georges was 16 she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix — a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next 15 years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana.

Georges never successfully taught Beija “sit,” but in the end, Beija taught Georges how to stay.

Georges has been publishing her own zines and comics for 20 years, and has toured the country extensively, including two appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit tour.

Her Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, “Calling Dr. Laura,” was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

She won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 2012, was the 2013 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and currently teaches at California College for the Art’s MFA in Comics Program.

Georges’ talk will begin at 7 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and an open mic, where up to nine local or visiting writers will read five minutes of their original work, with a suggested theme of “Sit, Stay, Fetch: the Pet that Changed My Life.” Admission is $7.

For more information, go to hoffmanblog.org or email Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com.

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