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More updates to come, about Joann’s appearances in Chicago, San Francisco and Miami!

Exciting news: Eisner award-winning Joann Sfar is making a rare trip to the United States in support of his newest graphic novel by First Second Books, Klezmer. As you are probably aware, Joann Sfar is near legendary for his raw, insightful and cutting edge drawings and storytelling – most notably for his critically acclaimed The Rabbi’s Cat.

He’s kicking off his US tour in New York, making some select appearances in the area to talk about his books, his life and even regale his audiences with some lively banjo playing. These events all promise to be terrific – he’s very charismatic, quite a character and a most entertaining public speaker. The following is information on the various venues – I hope you can make one of them!

* Graphic Novels: Traditions and Trends – A panel discussion featuring some of today’s best graphic novelists will take place Sunday, November 5th, 7:30pm at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave.) The panel features Art Spiegelman, the creator of Maus; Joann Sfar, author of The Rabbi’s Cat, Sardine in Outer Space, Vampire Loves and Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East; Jessica Abel, author of La Perdida and Life Sucks; and Mark Siegel, the illustrator of To Dance and the editorial director of First Second Books, a graphic novel imprint. WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate will moderate. Tickets are $25. The event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. For information see www.92y.org or call (212) 415-5500.

* McNally Robinson Booksellers (50 Prince Street in Soho) on Monday, November 6th from 8:00 – 10:00pm. Sfar will share tales and images from his prolific body of work, including his new book Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East, followed by Q&A and book signing. The event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. For more information call (212) 274-1160.

* Barnes & Noble (675 6th Avenue) on Tuesday, November 7th from 8:00 – 10:00pm. Sfar will share tales and images from his prolific body of work, including his new book Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East, followed by Q&A and book signing. The event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. For more information call (212) 727-1227.

* Between Klezmer and Sepharad: Meditations in Cartoon by Joann Sfar will take place at The Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th Street on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00pm. Sfar will be interviewed by David Shasha, Director of the Center for Jewish Heritage. The event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Admission is $10.00. For more information see www.cjh.org or call (917) 606-8200

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