HALLIE BATEMAN and SUZY HOPKINS discuss their graphic novel WHAT TO DO WHEN I'M GONE

What to Do when I'm Gone (Bloomsbury)

In Hallie’s early twenties, she became terrified that her mother would die. Worrying that she’d be paralyzed with grief, not knowing what to do with herself, in 2011, she conceived the idea of a book and shared it with her mother, Suzy. After numerous failed attempts to get started on the project, Hallie planned a trip to Maine in 2015 where two were to stay in a cabin for a few days. Upon arrival, Hallie said, “guess what? We’re starting the book.” They sat on the screened in porch each evening and Hallie typed while her mother answered her questions about how to spend the rest of her life without her mother.

What to Do when I'm Gone is an instruction manual for getting through life without a mom. The death of one’s mother, is one of life’s key turning points. Combining Suzy's wit and heartfelt advice with Hallie's quirky and colorful style, What to Do when I'm Gone is the illustrated instruction manual for getting through life without one's mom. It's also a poignant look at loss, love, and taking things one moment at a time. By turns whimsical, funny, touching, and above all pragmatic, it will leave readers laughing and teary-eyed. And it will spur conversations that enrich family members' understanding of one another.

Hallie Bateman is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Lenny, BuzzFeed, the Awl, and elsewhere. Her creative journal, Brave New Work, was published by MOMA in 2017.

Suzy Hopkins is a former newspaper reporter who since 2008 has published a quarterly magazine (Friends & Neighbors, for boomers and seniors in California’s Central Sierra. She is also Hallie’s mom. She lives in Columbia, California.

Photo by Yelena Rybnkina

Event date: 
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter Cover Image
By Suzy Hopkins, Hallie Bateman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781632869685
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 3rd, 2018