Chapter 316 The Night Bookmobile and the B-52s, Or, Recipe for a Good Story

I recently came across this amazing little story quite by accident. (Isn’t that how it happens with all good book finds?)

It’s a “visual story format” of a 2004 short story by Audrey Niffenegger called, “The Night Librarian” and is currently being serialized in The Guardian. I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ve put a few pictures below, but you can click here to read all of it to date.




As you have probably correctly surmised, I was attracted to this story by the heady mix of books, bookmobiles, and 1980s new wave music (see “Rock Lobster” by the B-52s in wording of the panel above!)

Here’s some biographical information about the author, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan) is an American writer and artist. She is also a professor in the Interdisciplinary Book Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. She is the founding member of T3 or Text 3, an artist and writer’s group that also performs and exhibits in Chicago.

Niffenegger’s debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003), was a national bestseller. The Time Traveler’s Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpredictably time-travel and his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent and unpredictable absences. The film version, starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, is due for release in 2008.

She has also written a graphic novel, or “novel in pictures” as Niffenegger calls it, called The Three Incestuous Sisters. This book tells the story of three unusual sisters who live in a seaside house. Because of the artwork and mood, the book has been compared to the work of Edward Gorey.

Another graphic novel, The Adventuress, was released in September 1, 2006. She is currently working on another novel called Her Fearful Symmetry. The 2004 short story ‘The Night Bookmobile’ is currently being serialised in ‘Visual Novel’ format in The Guardian newspaper in the UK and can be viewed here.

Niffenegger is also a Faculty member at the North Shore Art League where she teaches the Intermediate & Advanced Printmaking Seminar.

See you in the stacks!


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8 responses to “Chapter 316 The Night Bookmobile and the B-52s, Or, Recipe for a Good Story

  1. Pingback: “The Night Bookmobile” « Bygone Books Blog

  2. I would have enjoyed the story if thet stupid hangman game didnt cover over vital parts of the story.

    She’s been and gone and commitetd one of the deadly sins and now I have to wait and see what happens.
    WHY did she do it?

    I still don’t know why she cant work at the bookmobile. Exactly what rules wont allow it?

    Now if I can just get this comic strip on paper, with no hangman adverts on it, then I would enjoy it better.

  3. Thank you for this fabulous link…don’t know how I missed this! I have just added it to my own blog as well…

  4. I was shocked by her suicide (attempt?), too. Didn’t see that one coming. Can’t wait to see what happens next. Does any of you know whether there is a print version of this story available yet? I would be happy to settle for a text-only version.

  5. Dunl

    I’ve put together a Table of contents to the series on the with direct links to the installments on the Guardian site (their index/archive is in reverse order).

  6. Peter

    The full text can be ordered at

  7. readingmonk

    Hi. Chanced upon your blog while looking for stuff on Ms Niffenegger. And what a find your blog is! Will take my time to explore your site. Really a treasure trove of material.

  8. Pingback: Chapter 598 Niffenegger’s The Night Bookmobile Now Available in Print « Book Hunter’s Holiday

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