Graphic Auto/Biography and the Holocaust:An Artists' Roundtable with Nora Krug, Leela Corman, and Miriam Katin
Artists' Roundtable, © Nora Krug / Leela Corman / Miriam Katin
On October 28, 2020, we have the great pleasure to welcome three award-winning graphic novelists for an Artists' Roundtable!
In this talk, Nora Krug, Miriam Katin and Leela Corman reflect upon how graphic storytelling engages with the history, memory and legacy of the Holocaust and National Socialism.
Date & Time: October 28, 2020 | 6 – 8 PM PST
This is an event by the German Consulate General in Vancouver, presented in partnership with the Dept. of Central, Eastern, & Northern European Studies at UBC and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at UVic.
About the artists:
Nora Krug (born 1977) is a German–American author and illustrator. Her graphic novel Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home won the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, 2019 Schubart-Literaturpreis, and 2019 Evangelischer Buchpreis. She is also an Associate professor of Illustration at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Miriam Katin is an American award-winning graphic novelist and graphic artist. Katin was born in 1942, in wartime Budapest. While her father served in the Hungarian army, she and her mother escaped the Nazi occupation of Hungary by faking their own deaths and acquiring false identification documents. After having worked as an artist all her life, Katin started creating comics in the 2000s. Inspired by Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus, she started to work on her first graphic novel, about her and her mother's experiences during World War II. Her second graphic novel Letting It Go is also autobiographical.
Leela Corman is an American Cartoonist and Illustrator. Corman was born in 1972 in Massachusetts. Her ancestors are Jewish, her grandfather lost several family members in the Holocaust. Her grandmother taught her Yiddish, which became a common motif in her work. 2012 Corman created the graphic novel Unterzakhn, which follows the lives of Jewish twin sisters growing up in the tenements of New York City's Lower East Side at the turn of the last century. Unterzakhn was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Eisner Award, and Le Prix Artemisia.