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Books Drawn & Quarterly publishes late author Geneviève Castrée’s unfinished final book

Geneviève Castrée never got to finish her final book.

The prolific cartoonist, illustrator and musician was born in 1981 in Loretteville, near Quebec City. She first came to prominence in her teens as a cartoonist in Montreal’s underground scene.

She would spend most of her adult life in the Pacific Northwest, living first on Vancouver Island for many years before settling in Anacortes, Wash., with her husband and daughter.

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In addition to her illustrated work, she released eight albums under the names Woelv and Ô PAON. A Bubble (Drawn & Quarterly), depicted here, is a board book she began for her daughter, two years old at the time, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. Castrée died in 2016; A Bubble was published in its partial form with an end note from her husband, the musician Phil Elverum.

Elverum, who married Castrée in 2003, recently found love again.

He was the surprise reveal of a Vanity Fair interview with Michelle Williams. The normally private actress has faced similar tragedy: Her husband, Heath Ledger, died of a drug overdose in 2008, when their daughter was only two years old.

Williams told the magazine that they married earlier this year, in a secret ceremony with just a few friends and their two daughters.

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