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Graphic Novels the Subject of Downtown Library Discussion Series

Everything changes, even the formats in which literary and artistic works are presented to the public. 

Join scholar Orit Rabkin, a University of Oklahoma doctorial candidate in American Literature, for a series of discussions of one of the most popular of these new formats.  “Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel” begins Monday, July 28, at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue.  The series will meet on the last Mondays of July through November.  The first session runs from 7:00 to 8:30pm and Rabkin’s subject is "A Contract with God" by Will Eisner.

“Every month,” said Downtown librarian Darlene Browers, Orit will highlight the work of a different Jewish artist who experimented with words and pictures to tell stories of childhood, war, and desire.  The graphic novels and the discussion will be geared for adults, and the books conjure up lost worlds, both real and imaginary, and contemplate history, myth, and the individual psyche.”

 Will Eisner’s “A Contract With God,” a collection of realistic short stories that illustrate the common man’s place in the world, was the first book to refer to itself as a “graphic novel.”  Now the term is usually used to indicate a longer story that is intended for a mature audience.

“Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel” is part of the American Library Association "Let's Talk About It" project.

For more information on the series call librarian Harry Hoang at 606-3876.

Co-sponsors for the “Modern Marvels” discussion series are the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, Nextbook and The American Library Association.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.