Modern Marvels

The graphic novel is an exciting new form of storytelling. Here, fi ve Jewish artists experiment with words and pictures to tell stories of childhood, war, and desire; to conjure up lost worlds, both real and imaginary; and to contemplate history, myth, and the individual psyche.

This theme is part of the Jewish Literature—Identity and Imagination series, which is an exploration of Jewish literature and culture. Other themes in the series include Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming, Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination, A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World, Neighbors: The World Next Door, and Your Heart's Desire: Sex and Love in Jewish Literature.

Book List

  • A Contract with God by Will Eisner
  • The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
  • Julius Knipl,Real Estate Photographer by Ben Katchor
  • The Quitter by Harvey Pekar
  • The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar

Program Brochure

The humanities scholar’s essay was written by Jeremy Dauber, Atran Assistant Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University.

Download the scholar’s essay, annotated book list, and supplementary texts (PDF). Please note: The American Library Association and Nextbook, Inc. are the copyright owners of this essay and annotations. The credit lines embedded in the program materials and/or sponsor and funder logos must remain on all published (print and web) materials derived from these materials.

How-To Discussion Programming Guides

Developed to aid participants in “The Millennium Project for Public Libraries,” this how-to guide (PDF) provides basic information about developing and promoting book discussion programs.

When planning a “Let’s Talk About It” program, you may wish to consult the planner’s manual (PDF) for general how-to information about program format, selecting a scholar, promoting your series, evaluation, and more.