SPINNING by Tillie Walden
September 2017; 6 x 8 1/2; 400 pp.; Ages 14 & Up; 2-color art; Editor: Connie Hsu
“This is a beautifully told story that will resonate with anyone who played an instrument, or did gymnastics, or got signed up for skating: these things weren't always what we wanted to do or cared about, but they gave us some focus when everything else was mystery and chaos.” —Lucy Knisley, New York Times bestselling author of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
“Spinning is spare yet intimate, painfully honest, and oh-so-real.” —Malinda Lo, three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist author of Ash and Adaptation
“This beautiful story about sorrow, growth, and triumph will resonate in every reader’s heart.” —Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times–bestselling author and two-time National Book Award finalist
“Gorgeous and honest.” —Faith Erin Hicks, award-winning author of The Nameless City
British Commonwealth/Self Made Hero ∙ French/Gallimard ∙ Spanish/La Cúpula
Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden’s powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.
It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.
Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.
She was good. She won. And she hated it.
For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden’s life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the figure skating team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. It all led to one question: What was the point?The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she’d outgrown her passion—and she finally needed to find her own voice.
Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. She has already received an Eisner Award nomination and two Ignatz Awards for her early works. Spinning is her first long form autobiographical work.