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JEWISH GRAPHIC EXPRESSION
Thursday, November 30  |   6:00-7:30pm
ORLI AUSLANDER / I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. About Everything
JONATHAN ROTSZTAIN / Self-Loving Jew Comics
MIRIAM LIBICKI / Toward a Hot Jew

or by phone 604-257-5111   |   $18

Discover humorous yet profound explorations of Jewish identity from 3 graphic novel and comics authors.

ORLI AUSLANDER

This is a hilarious, unfiltered, and beautifully illustrated look at the infinite number of reasons the author experiences guilt, shame, regret, and self-reproach in daily life and that maybe—just maybe—some of us can relate to as well. Confronting her experience with dark humour and brutal honesty, Auslander offers us many cringe-inducing moments!

ORLI AUSLANDER grew up in London and lived and worked in New York City before devoting herself full-time to creating art. She is married to the author Shalom Auslander and lives with her family in upstate New York.

JONATHAN ROTSZTAIN

Originally published on koffler.digital, Self-Loving Jew is a series of autobiographical visual essays claiming a secular, cultural Jewish identity, part of a larger in-progress graphic novel. It is an attempt to articulate some of the ambivalence North American Jewish millennials may feel about religious Judaism, identity and assimilation and accounts for the shift away from established Jewish institutions amongst younger Jewish people. Its message is: embrace forging personal beliefs and practices that honour the Jewish legacy, adapting them alongside other value considerations, including social justice, environmentalism, physical fitness and spirituality.

JONATHAN ROTSZTAIN is a Toronto-based writer, cartoonist and graphic designer. Alongside Self-Loving Jew, Jonathan has a performance art practice that is all about imbuing ritual and spirituality into secular, post-modern life.

MIRIAM LIBICKI
WINNER 2017 VINE AWARD FOR CANADIAN JEWISH LITERATURE - NON-FICTION

In her first collection of graphic essays, Miriam Libicki investigates what it means to be Jewish, dating from her time in the Israeli military to her tenure as an art professor. Toward a Hot Jew shows Libicki as a powerful witness to history. She manages to both draw and encompass every kind of Jew. From hot to awkward, Sephardi to Ashkenazi, Jewish comic artists to renowned Jewish philosophers and politicians, Libicki portrays an array of authentic Jewish people in several contexts of history.

MIRIAM LIBICKI is a graphic novelist living in Vancouver. Her memoir jobnik! has been a required text in over ten university courses, and her short comics have been widely published. She teaches cartooning and illustration at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is currently the writer-in residence for the Vancouver Public Library.


CLOSING NIGHT - THE ULTIMATE STORYTELLER
Thursday, November 30  |   8:00-9:30pm
STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY / My Adventures with God

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE:
Due to medical circumstances, Stephen Tobolowsky is not able to fly.
He will appear by video conference.
New Price: $10

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SPONSORED BY ELIE & ZEV SHAFRAN

“Stephen Tobolowksy is a natural storyteller. I found myself laughing giddily throughout his fascinating and strangely profound memoir. I hope God gets a chance to read it!” - Rainn Wilson

Tobolowsky returns to the written word with My Adventures With God, a funny, introspective story collection about love, catastrophe and triumph that, in turn, describes his evolving relationship with the mystery that we call “God.” As he explains, “It’s hard to believe in nothing. Even cats believe in suppertime. As much as we love certainty, we are often shaped by the invisible, the unexplainable—something we call faith. We are inclined to acknowledge the holy. Even if it is only a paper heart we find in an old suitcase.”

The book tells of a boy growing up in the wilds of Texas, finding and losing love, losing and finding himself - all told through the prism of the Torah and Talmud, mixed with insights from science, and refined through a child’s sense of wonder. My Adventures With God not only shines a light into the life of one of America’s most beloved actors, but also provides a structure to evaluate our own lives and relationship with God.

Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in over 100 movies and 200 television shows—from Mississippi Burning, to Groundhog Day, to Glee and Silicon Valley. In addition to being a legendary character actor, he is also the consummate storyteller —warm, funny, and profound. Tobolowsky first showcased his skills in the popular podcast The Tobolowsky Files; then in his first book, The Dangerous Animals Club; and has since developed a cult following, appearing at theatres around the world.