VIRTUAL: Derf Backderf at the Akron Library [9/30]

Derf Backderf, author of My Friend Dahmer, will be live on the Akron Library's Facebook on September 30th from 7 to 8:30PM. Backderf will be presenting his newest graphic novel, Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio. Anyone who orders the book during or shortly after the event and mentions the event in your order will receive a copy personally signed by Backderf! For more information about the event, please click here.


On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 students were killed and 9 shot and wounded. It was the day America turned guns on its own children—a shocking event burned into our national memory. A few days prior, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw those same Guardsmen patrolling his nearby hometown, sent in by the governor to crush a trucker strike. Using the journalism skills he employed on My Friend Dahmer and Trashed, Backderf has conducted extensive interviews and research to explore the lives of these four young people and the events of those four days in May, when the country seemed on the brink of tearing apart.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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60 South High St
Akron, OH 44326
Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419734847
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Days
Published: Abrams ComicArts - September 8th, 2020


A 2021 ALA/YALSA Alex Award Winner for Teen Readers and Adult Books

From Derf Backderf, the bestselling author of My Friend Dahmer, comes the tragic and unforgettable story of the Kent State shootings​

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