If you’re a fan of Craig Thompson (of the ubiquitous Blankets) and you’re in the New York area, then you’re in luck! This Saturday, September 17, the bookstore WORD in Brooklyn is hosting a cocktail party to celebrate the graphic novelist’s new book Habibi. This event coincides with the larger Brooklyn Book Festival.
Here are the particulars on the swanky event…
When: Saturday, September 17th at 8pm
Where: WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
What: Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvre with the author, followed by an interview/Q&A and book signing. The evening will be moderated by Sarah Glidden, the writer/artist of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.
Habibi is Thompson’s fourth graphic novel and is already getting quite a bit of literary buzz. According to the dust jacket…
Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi (which means “beloved” in Arabic) tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.
At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.
Tickets for the event are $40 each and include your food and drinks as well as a copy of the Habibi hardcover (which is stunning). For more information, check out WORD’s website.