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Live at Brookline Booksmith! Emma Grove with Andy Ristaino

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Emma Grove with Andy Ristaino

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 7:00PM ET
Event address: 
279 Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of The Third Person with author Emma Grove, in conversation with Andy Ristaino.

This event is co-sponsored by MICE, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo.

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The Third Person

A boldly drawn, unforgettable memoir about trauma and the barriers to gender affirming health care.

In the winter of 2004, a shy woman named Emma sits in Toby’s office. She wants to share this wonderful new book she’s reading, but Toby, her therapist, is concerned with other things. Emma is transgender, and has sought out Toby for approval for hormone replacement therapy. Emma has shown up at the therapy sessions as an outgoing, confident young woman named Katina, and a depressed, submissive workaholic named Ed. She has little or no memory of her actions when presenting as these other two people. And then Toby asks about her childhood . . .

As the story unfolds, we discover clues to Emma’s troubled past and how and why these other two people may have come into existence. As Toby juggles treating three separate people, each with their own unique personalities and memories, he begins to wonder if Emma is merely acting out to get attention, or if she actually has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Is she just a troubled woman in need of help? And is “the third person” in her brain protecting her, or derailing her chances of ever finding peace?

The Third Person is a riveting memoir from newcomer Emma Grove. Drawn in thick, emotive lines, with the refined style of a comics vet, Grove has created a singular, gripping depiction of the intersection of identities and trauma. The Third Person is a testament to the importance of having the space to heal and live authentically.

Emma Grove could draw before she could write. A classically-trained animator, she lives in New England with her cat, Little Mischief.

Andy Ristaino is an Emmy Award-winning artist and writer living in Western Massachusetts with his partner Anna. He has worked as a designer and storyboard artist on Adventure Time, The Midnight Gospel, Middlemost Post as well as the upcoming show Krapopolis. Andy has also created several graphic novels including: Science Comics: The Digestive System, Night of the Living Vidiots, Escape from Dullsville, and the Babysitter. You can see more of his work at

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo is the Boston area’s premiere event dedicated to the exciting and accessible art form of independent comics and graphic novels.