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Saturday, 25 April 2015

TONIGHT! Comics Workshop with Liana Finck

Join us at the Librairie on Saturday, April 25th at 7 pm to celebrate Liana Finck's graphic novel, A Bintel Brief and for a special creative workshop! As part of the Blue Metropolis Festival, Finck will present her creative process, from the initial idea to researching it to laying down text and image. Come learn about the process of creating and marketing a graphic novel.

Liana Finck studied fine art and graphic design at Cooper Union College. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Brussels in 2009-10 and is a Six Points Fellow in New York. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Forward and Tablet Magazine. She lives in New York City.

A Bintel Brief "A Bundle of Letters"—was the enormously popular advice column of The Forward, the widely read Yiddish language newspaper begun in 1906 New York. Written by a diverse community of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, these letters spoke to the daily heartbreaks and comedies of their new lives, capturing the hope, isolation, and confusion of assimilation.

Drawn from these letters—selected and adapted by Liana Finck and brought to life in her appealing two-color illustrations—A Bintel Brief is a tour of Lower East Side New York, and includes an imaginative conversation with the Yiddish "Dear Abby," Abraham Cahan, The Forward's legendary editor and creator of the Bintel Brief column.

Praise for A Bintel Brief :

“[One] the most powerful books I’ve read so far this year… Finck’s illustrations intensify the emotional resonance of these letters, invoking the buoyant magic of Marc Chagall, but also sometimes descending into the cramped world of the tenements.” —NPR's Fresh Air

Taken together, even just these 11 letters provide an invaluable sooty window onto life on the Lower East Side…. “A Bintel Brief” makes you positively hungry to read comparable letters to American immigrant newspapers around the country right now.” —New York Times

“[A] sharp, evocative style that reminds me sometimes of Ben Katchor and other times of Roz Chast. Finck’s book is more than a collection of advice columns, though-it’s an imaginative leap into the art of nostalgia…I really loved A Bintel Brief.” —Slate

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