Alison Bechdel memoir due in 2017

Alison Bechdel
Alison Bechdel

MacArthur Foundation “genius” Alison Bechdel is not about to rest.

The author and cartoonist has a deal for a graphic memoir, The Secret to Superhuman Strength. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced this week that the book is due in 2017 and focuses on the various exercise fads Bechdel has followed.

Bechdel, 54, is known for the memoir Fun Home, which inspired a Broadway musical of the same name opening next spring. She also devised the Bechdel test, in which the following is asked of a movie: Is there more than one woman? Do the women talk to each other? Do they talk about something besides men?

On Wednesday, Bechdel was among 21 announced MacArthur “genius” fellows, each of whom receives $625,000 over five years.


A companion guide to Christopher Nolan’s anticipated film Interstellar promises not only some background on one of the year’s most anticipated movies but also some basic science.

Publisher W.W. Norton & Company announced Wednesday that Kip Thorne’s The Science of Interstellar will coincide with the November release of the movie. Thorne is a theoretical physicist, and was the scientific adviser and executive producer of Interstellar.

The publisher says Thorne plans to explain “the dazzling science that underpins the film.” The book will include a foreword by Nolan.

Interstellar, a philosophical science fiction thriller, stars Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.