Is it easier to make your way in life if you understand what’s been before? Nadja Spiegelman’s paternal line was well documented: her father, Art Spiegelman, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus. Nadja’s book I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This is a memoir of the contractive narratives that connect and divide four generations of women in the family of her mother Françoise Mouly, the art editor of The New Yorker. She talks with Abigail Ulman about the searing search for truth amongst the lost and misleading guideposts of memory. 

Nadja Spiegelman (International)

Nadja Spiegelman is the author of I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This, a memoir about the nuances of love and family, exploring the lives her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and the fallibility of memory. She is also the Eisner Award-nominated author of the Zig and Wikki graphic novel series for young children and Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure. She has received fellowships from Lemon Tree House and The MacDowell Colony.

Abigail Ulman (Australian)

Abigail Ulman

Abigail Ulman is a writer from Melbourne. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a winner of the 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. Her story collection, Hot Little Hands, was published internationally in 2016.