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Monday, July 10, 2006

Miriam Katin Podcast!

Miriam Katin's debut graphic novel We Are on Our Own is about her escape from the Nazi invasion of Budapest during WWII, it came out this May. The book--and Miriam--has received plenty of advance attention, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and has caused quite a stir since landing in stores, Miriam was a special guest of the Harbourfront Reading Series in Toronto, the First Persons Art Festival in Philadelphia and NYC's MoCCA Arts Festival (my coworker Jamie recently posted pictures of Miriam and her mother from MoCCA) the book even landed in the pages of People Magazine! Click here to see her press.

What impresses me most about Miriam is her passion for life. Quite simply, she's amazing. The Jewish Cultural web magazine Nextbook.org recently visited Miriam at her apartment in NYC and has posted this podcast and interview.

We Are on Our Own is Miriam's first graphic novel at the age of 63, the interview delves into why she created the book now, her mother's reaction to Miriam drawing the book and what Miriam first thought of Maus.

Also one of our favorite stores, Politics & Prose, reviewed the book on their website. The review is by Andras Goldinger.

When we were in Washington for BEA in May, we stopped by and visited the store and were able to meet Michael Link (the Seth Rogen) and Cleve Corner (the Paul Rudd) in person. P&P has one of the best graphic novel sections in the country, anyone in DC should stop and check out the store. Here's the section's proud parents Michael and Cleve:

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