- This event has passed.
Trina Robbins + Artists
June 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Booksmith is excited to host author Trina Robbins for her new graphic novel, A Minyen Yidn! Also in attendence will be a few of the artists that contributed to the work: Steve Leialoha, Caryn Leschen, and Robert Triptow. Please join us!
A Minyen Yidn is based on the 1938 memoir of Trina Robbin’s father, Muttel (Mutye) Perechudnik, and was originally published in Yiddish. This memoir features a collection of 13 stories drawn from Muttel’s (later Max Perlson’s) life growing up in a shtetl in Belarus and immigrating to Brooklyn in the late 1910s at the age of 16. Here he became a journalist, contributing short stories in Yiddish to Jewish newspapers. The memoir has been translated to English and adapted to graphic novel format by his daughter, Trina Robbins, who says of the stories within: “They are slyly humorous portraits of his little village in Belarus, and of life in Brooklyn after he came to America. It’s a snapshot of a way of life that would end with the coming of the Nazis and WW2, although none of them knew it yet.”
The cover was drawn by famed underground comic artist Barbara Mendes and each of the 13 stories was recreated visually by the following artists: Shary Flenniken, Eve Furchgott, Miriam Katin, Miriam Libicki, Michael Netzer, Anne Timmons, Robert Triptow, Jen Vaughn, Steve Leialoha, Elizabeth Watasin, Caryn Leschen, Joan Steacy, Ken Steacy, and Terry Laban.