The Night Bookmobile

You may already be familiar with Audrey Niffenegger, author of best-selling works such as The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry. What you might not be familiar with is Niffenegger’s newest publication, The Night Bookmobile. Initially serialized in the UK newspaper, The Guardian, The Night Bookmobile is her first graphic novel. Topping out at 40 pages, the graphic novel could be called a “graphic novelette”. But this short work really packs a punch, and the artwork is unique and endearing.

The story is about a young woman who, after a fight with a boyfriend, takes a walk in the middle of the night and encounters a night bookmobile, with a night librarian, too! Contained in the traveling library is every book she has ever read, even going all the way back to Pat the Bunny. A strange story follows, and it is indeed thought-provoking to say the least, especially for those involved in library work, and anybody who has ever truly loved to read. Some have criticized the work - but you be the judge. For myself, I think I will be a little haunted by this one for years to come.