“Belonging:” A Conversation Between Nora Krug and Nicole Rudick

Nora Krug Belonging

Nora Krug “Belonging”, © Simon and Schuster

31.10.2018 - Article

On Monday, November 5, Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a reading by Nora Krug from her recent graphic memoir Belonging followed by a conversation.

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Deutsches Haus at NYU and the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU present a reading by the German-American author and illustrator Nora Krug from her recent graphic memoir Belonging followed by a conversation between her and the writer and editor Nicole Rudick.

About the book:

Belonging wrestles with the idea of Heimat, the German word for the place that first forms us, where the sensibilities and identity of one generation pass on to the next. In this highly inventive visual memoir—equal parts graphic novel, family scrapbook, and investigative narrative—Nora Krug draws on letters, archival material, flea market finds, and photographs to attempt to understand what it means to belong. A wholly original record of a German woman’s struggle with the weight of catastrophic history, Belonging is also a reflection on the responsibility that we all have as inheritors of our countries’ pasts. 

About the panelists:

Nora Krug is a German-American author and illustrator whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde diplomatique and A Public Space, and in anthologies published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon and Schuster and Chronicle Books. Krug is a recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Maurice Sendak Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service. Her books are included in the Library of Congress and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Her illustrations have been recognized with three gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and a silver cube from the New York Art Directors Club, and her visual biography, Kamikaze, about a surviving Japanese WWII pilot, was included in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics and Best Non-Required Reading. Krug’s work has been exhibited internationally, and her animations were shown at the Sundance Film Festival. She is the author of the visual memoir Belonging (foreign edition title Heimat), about WWII and her own German family history. Krug is an associate professor in the Illustration Program at the Parsons School of Design in New York

Nicole Rudick is a New York–based writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in a number of books, including What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present (RISD Museum of Art) and Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1973–1977 (PictureBox), and in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Artforum, Boston Review, and Hyperallergic. She was the managing editor of The Paris Review from 2010 to 2018 and was editor of the Spring and Summer 2018 issues and A Writer's Chapbook: A Compendium of Fact, Opinion, Wit, and Advice from “The Paris Review” Interviews.

Location and time:
Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews, New York City
November 5, 2018, 6:00 pm

For more information visit: Nora Krug

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