European Literature Night: The Graphic Novelists
When: Wed 14 May 2014, 18.30-20.30
Where: Terrace Restaurant
Price: £10, (£8 Over 60s) and £7
Contemporary graphic novels from across Europe have never been more diverse and innovative. For the first time, European Literature Night explores this comics phenomenon by inviting acclaimed cartoonists Line Hoven (Germany), Lucie Lomova (Czech Republic), Max (Spain) and Judith Vanistendael (Belgium/Flanders) to discuss and read from their fascinating works.
In Love Looks Away (Blank Slate), Line Hoven uses her stunning scraperboard precision to record her grandparents' and parents' histories, from Hitler's Germany to modern America.
In Divoši ('Savages'), Lucie Lomova tells the true story of a Czech ethnographer who befriends a Brazilian tribesman and brings him to Prague in 1908, an encounter that transforms both their lives.
In the tradition of Dalí and Buñuel, the Spanish cartoonist Max blends surrealism, philosophy and humour in the richly symbolic escapades of Bardin the Superrealist (Fantagraphics).
Belgium's Judith Vanistendael is at the realist end of the comic book spectrum, tackling the big issues of cancer in When David Lost His Voice (SelfMadeHero)
The authors will be in conversation with Paul Gravett, co-director of Comica Festival, author of Comics Art (Tate Publishing), and co-curator of the British Library's exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK.
The event is followed by a reception in the Entrance Hall of the British Library which will include free entry to the summer exhibition, Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, as well as an ELN bookstall. The reception is supported by the Goethe Institut.
Also taking place this evening will be a simultaneous event, European Literature Night: The Writers.