The Book of Sarah is missing from the bible, so British artist Sarah Lightman sets out to make her own: questioning religion, family, motherhood and what it takes to be an artist, in this quietly subversive visual autobiography from NW3. Distilled from hundreds of intensely beautiful diary drawings into a compelling narrative of identity, The Book of Sarah is both a comfort and inspiration to anyone who wants to know how to belong as an artist to a family, a culture, and a religion.
Sarah Lightman is like the poster-child for a new kind of feminist activist— scholar, artist, curator, and cheerleader for comics that reveal and shape new forms of Jewish consciousness.’
Dr. Sarah Lightman is an award-winning artist, editor and writer. Her autobiographical graphic novel “The Book of Sarah” (2019) is published by Myriad Editions and Penn State University Press.
Her first edited volume, “Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews” (McFarland 2014) was awarded The 2015 Susan Koppelman Prize for Best Feminist Anthology, The 2015 Will Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/ Academic Work and A Jordan Schnitzer Book Award (2016).
She curated the internationally touring and critically acclaimed exhibition “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women”.
She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.
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