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Guy Delisle will read from and discuss his new graphic novel, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City. This engaging and troubling look at life in Jerusalem in 2008 and 2009 won a gold medal for Best Graphic Albumat Angouleme. With his wife, who works for Doctors Without Borders, and their two young children, Delisle sees Jerusalem and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict with the eyes of an outsider. His experiences are recorded in vignettes that touch on such topics as the wall that separates Palestinian and Israeli territories, the problems of airport security, and the very different tours visitors receive depending on the perspective of their guides. Delisle is not religious, and his lack of identification with any of the religions of Israel allows him to comment freely on all of them.
“Delisle navigates politics and culture shock with a keen eye and gentle humor.” —Mother Jones
“[Delisle] puts everyone’s triumphs, tragedies and (especially) foibles on full display. It’s journalism the way journalism should be: readable, educational and, hopefully, transformative.” —Chicago Sun Times
Guy Delisle spent a decade working in animation in Europe and Asia. In 2008-2009, he accompanied his wife, an administrator for Doctors Without Borders, on a yearlong posting in Jerusalem. He lives in the south of France with his wife and children.