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Virtual SJCC: Book Fest in Your Living Room – Ben Katchor

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Virtual Book Fest in Your Living Room: Ben Katchor's "The Dairy Restaurant"

Author Talk + Q&A: Ben Katchor, “The Dairy Restaurant” Graphic Novel
MacArthur “Genius” and acclaimed graphic novelist Ben Katchor talks about his latest book, “The Dairy Restaurant,” which explores NYC’s iconic Jewish dairy restaurants, the product of kosher taboos and invention. Introduction by professor and comics scholar Leonard Rifas.

An informative, nostalgic evocation of a special urban dining experience. (Kirkus Reviews).
The dense cultural and culinary history is reason enough to come to Dairy Restaurant” aided by Katchor’s sharp mind and … sly sense of humor. (Bookmarks) 

Tickets: FREE (suggested donation $5-10) | $35 book* (includes ticket + shipping)
Ticket sales end and Zoom links emailed one hour prior to the event

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council
Book sales partner: Island Books



About the Book: Ben Katchor retells the history of where we choose to eat—a history that starts with the first man who was allowed to enter a walled garden and encouraged by the garden’s owner to enjoy its fruits. He examines the biblical milk-and-meat taboo, the first vegetarian practices, and the invention of the restaurant. Through text and drawings, Katchor illuminates the historical confluence of events and ideas that led to the development of a “milekhdike (dairy) personality” and the proliferation of dairy restaurants in America, and he recollects his own experiences in many of these iconic restaurants just before they disappeared.

About the Author: Guggenheim Fellow and MacArthur Foundation recipient, Ben Katchor is a Jewish-American cartoonist and illustrator best known for his critically acclaimed comic strip “Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer.” His comic strip art is rich in history, sociology, fiction, and poetry, and his fictional work meditates on urban life in New York City, filled with compelling stories and convincingly imagined characters recalling the nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries. His picture-stories and graphic novels also include “The Jew of New York,” “The Cardboard Valise,” “Hotel & Farm,” “Shoehorn Technique.” Author Michael Chabon described Katchor as “the creator of the last great American comic strip.” In 2002, the Contemporary Jewish Museum featured an “irreverent and hilarious” exhibition of his work and set designs. His drawings regularly appear in The Forward, Metropolis Magazine, and The New Yorker. He teaches at Parsons School of Design and The New School.

Leonard Rifas is a professor at Seattle Central Community College and the University of Washington Bothell. He is a scholar of comics, cartooning, manga, and graphic novels focusing on the 1950s underground comix movement, and representations of racewar, and climate change.

*All books include shipping to the US only. Books will be shipped after the event. 


Stroum Jewish Community Center


Event Partners:
Jewish Book Council, Island Books


Virtual SJCC Event
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