A Career In Books


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Kate Gavino is the author and illustrator of Last Night's Reading (Penguin, 2015) and the graphic novel, Sanpaku (Archaia/BOOM, 2018). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Believer, Longreads, Oprah.com, and more. She was both the greatest and the worst editorial assistant.


"Kate Gavino has created a welcome jolt of a book-a hilarious, addictive read that just happens to reclaim Asian American history while illuminating our present. And it's fun to read. Whew, we needed this one."
-Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk

"While Gavino empathically showcases independent APA women in search of fulfillment, she also lovingly celebrates Asian American publishing with clever inclusions...Presented in delightful four-part, black-and-white panels, Gavino's memorable characters manage the quotidian, dissect challenges, navigate change, and celebrate triumphs-together." -Booklist

"With quill-sharp narration and spot-on details, this delightful graphic novel from Gavino (Last Night's Reading) depicts New York City publishing through the eyes of three Asian American NYU grads who share an apartment... Specificity is the fire that fuels this witty social satire, in which fairness doesn't always triumph, but friendship does."
-Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

"Kate Gavino's A Career in Books is a funny, deeply engaging nostalgia trip back to the days when you were broke on an entry-level salary, living in the big city with roommates, and anxious about whether your career would work out. Her eye for detail is astounding, from the late 2000s pop culture references (remember the Marie Antoinette soundtrack?) to the inner workings of female friendship (calling each other inside joke nicknames like "beb"). With witty dialogue and delightful illustration, A Career in Books is charming, edgy, and a joy to read."
-Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir

A Career In Books is one of those books I would have loved to work on as an editorial assistant, and we all know those books are few and far between. It's a charming ode to idealism and realism, and what happens when the two inevitably intersect."
-Maris Kreizman, author of Slaughterhouse 90210

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