Drawn & Quarterly's Sarah Glidden will talk about her graphic novel, Rolling Blackouts — Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. Graphic artist Sarah Glidden accompanied two friends; founders of a journalism non-profit, through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, as they researched potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War in the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. They were joined by a childhood friend and former Marine whose past service in Iraq added an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint. Depicted here are wide-ranging stories collected from—among others— an Iranian blogger, a United Nations refugee administrator, a taxi driver, and an Iraqi refugee deported from the US.
Painted in her trademark muted watercolors and written with a self-effacing humor, Rolling Blackouts cements Glidden’s place as one of today’s most original nonfiction voices.
Sarah Glidden is the author of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, which won an Ignatz Award. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Seattle.