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Reknowned graphic novelist Art Spiegelman is speaking at the Bookworm this January 12 in an awesome opportunity for Beijingers to get up close in personal with a literary giant.

Spiegelman, best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, will be speaking with his wife, The New Yorker art editor Francoise Mouly and The New Yorker staff writer and author Susan Orlean January 12 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Tickets are sure to sell out quickly so get your butt over to the Bookworm ASAP and grab one (or more) for RMB 40 members / RMB 50 non-members.

If you're unfamiliar with Maus, Spiegelman's epic tale of the Holocaust, you can find copies on Taobao or order the complete two-volume set via Amazon.cn for a mere RMB 113 (though you will have to wait 6-8 weeks for delivery). It may be quicker to purchase it from Amazon.com here.

Maus is notable for its depiction of different races and players during the Holocaust as different types of animals, which renders the event universally relatable to readers. The narrative niftily traces Speigelman's pained attempts to tease memories of this time from his difficult and aging father before depicting them in his drawings.

Spiegelman also later wrote In the Shadow of No Towers, a comic strip based on his reactions to the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, where he lived at the time.

Images: Art Speigelman


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