Graphic novelist and Cloudscape contributor Miriam Libicki has been named the Vancouver Public Library’s 2017 writer in residence. Miriam is the creator of jobnik!, an autobiographical comic series that recounts her service in the Israeli army and Toward a Hot Jew – her collection of graphic essays exploring what it means to be Jewish – was named one of 2016’s top 10 graphic novels by Forbes.
“I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role and creating opportunities for more people to discover the world of graphic novels,” says Libicki. “This is a great way to mentor writers who may not currently be part of the comics community, and encourage those who have family stories or burning passions to share – to tell those stories through images.”
VPL’s writer in residence program was created in 2005 and is in its 13th year promoting Canadian writing and literature to Vancouverites. This year’s focus is graphic novels, and Miriam is an excellent choice to help direct that focus.
She will lead a lively and interactive evening to kick off her residency on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the central branch downtown (7 p.m.). For more information, check out the VPL’s Writer in Residence announcement.