Wednesday, June 19, 2019

PR: The Book of Sarah (off-topic, but by a friend of ComicsDC)


Published 23 May 2019
Price £19.99
ISBN 978-1-908434-51-7
BISAC Code BIO037000, CGN008000

The Book of Sarah is missing from the bible, so artist Sarah Lightman sets out to make her own: questioning religion, family, motherhood and what it takes to
be an artist, in this quietly subversive visual autobiography from NW3. Distilled
from hundreds of intensely beautiful diary drawings into a compelling narrative
of identity, The Book of Sarah is both a comfort and inspiration to anyone who
wants to know how to belong as an artist to a family, a culture, and a religion.

Praise for The Book of Sarah
'A wonderful, absorbing, enjoyable book. There is so much in it. It's like making a new intimate friend AND it will help people who have been through their own rites of passage or need to. I love it A LOT!' Philippa Perry
'An astounding work of insight and clarity… so eloquently expressed, especially the family's long-standing tradition of stifling ambition, autonomy and independence— thereby thwarting so much potential - that it almost broke me. It will resonate with so many, helping to show them that they're not alone.' Stephen Holland, Page 45
'Full of the most wonderful drawings. An important feminist book—as well as a real joy to read.' Bobby Baker
'Absolutely beautiful. It's so moving to see such intimately domestic moments
collected and sanctified.' Leah Vincent
'An extraordinary treasure… heartfelt and honest, searching and tender.' Maureen Burdock
'I loved this subtle memoir about Judaism, feminism, bad dates and good books, the families we are born into and the ones we make.' Ariela Freedman
'Stunning…The power of the book lies in the atmosphere created by a distilled
emotion in the words, alongside the very haunting images.' Ann Miller
'An achingly poignant, profoundly moving and, ultimately, hopeful book.' Ruth
'I love The Book of Sarah. A deeply layered work—a memoir that is rich with
revelations.' Samantha Baskind

Praise for Sarah Lightman
'Lightman is … a tour de force'. Hillary Chute, Images
'The real power in the work comes from Lightman's wit and imagination, which
has a lightness that belies the seriousness of the existential questions within.' Nadia Valman and Rachel Garfield, Jewish Quarterly.
'Sarah Lightman is like the poster-child for a new kind of feminist activist— scholar, artist, curator, and cheerleader for comics that reveal and shape new forms of Jewish consciousness'. Ariel Kahn, Jewish Quarterly

• Forthcoming appearances include Waterstones Hampstead with Philippa Perry (16 May), Waterstones Brighton (20 June), Manchester International
Graphic Novel and Comics Conference (26 June); JW3 (tbc); Birmingham Lit Fest (tbc).
• Lightman is a frequent speaker at conferences in the UK and US, as
the Eisner Award-winning author of Graphic Details on women's autobiographical comics.
• Lightman is a curator and exhibits her work in the US and USA.
• Reviews forthcoming Jewish Chronicle; comics press; excerpt on Bookanista.
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SARAH LIGHTMAN is an artist,  academic, curator, editor, writer and co-founder of the international network Laydeez Do Comics. She attended The Slade School of Art, and has just completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Birkbeck College, University of London. She lives in London.

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