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Tom Batiuk to Talk at Kent State, April 28

Posted Apr. 21, 2011

Kent State University graduate, artist and author Tom Batiuk is giving a talk and book signing in the Read Room on the 10th floor of the Kent State University Library on Thursday, April 28, at 3 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University Libraries’ “Kent Reads” program.

Batiuk will be discussing his book Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe, based on the life of Lisa Moore, a character in his comic strip, Funky Winkerbean. The book tells the story of Lisa and her family’s struggles with breast cancer. The event is co-hosted by Kent State University Libraries and the Kent State University Press. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft comic strips are carried in more than 700 newspapers throughout the United States. Batiuk was honored in 2006 by the American Cancer Society and presented its Cancer Care Hall of Fame Award for his sympathetic work in highlighting the experiences of those with cancer. He is responsible for the establishment of University Hospitals’ Lisa’s Legacy Fund.

For more information on Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe,

For more information on Batiuk’s appearance at Kent State, contact Will Underwood, director of the Kent State University Press, at 330-672-8094 or

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Media Contact:
Will Underwood,, 330-672-8094