Jewish Book Week 2023 Saturday 25 February - Sunday 05 March | Tickets now on sale

Rutu Modan

Rutu Modan is an Israeli Illustrator, comics artist and Professor at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem.  Modan received several times the Israel Museum Award for children’s book illustration. In 2008 her book Exit Wound won the Eisner Award for the best comics book. Her second graphic novel The Property won the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel of 2014. Her last graphic novel “Tunnels” was published in 2021. It was critically acclaimed and was chosen for  10 Best Graphic Novel of 2021, by The New York Times, Forbes and Le Monde between others. Modan’s books were translated into more than 15 languages. She currently lives in Tel Aviv with her family.
Graphic Novel Masterclass

A special masterclass with award-winning illustrator and comic book writer Rutu Modan. She will give practical insights and answer questions about her research methods and the work process behind her graphic novels, which include The Property and Minharot (Tunnels).

In Partnership with the National Library of Israel.

Events in the Wenlock Room are free and unticketed, entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Comic Books: Where Life is more Absurd than Art
Israeli illustrator, comic book artist and former editor of the Hebrew edition of MAD magazine Rutu Modan on the real stories behind her award-winning comics and graphic novels. In conversation with fellow comics and graphic novel expert Ariel Kahn, Artistic Director of the National Library of Israel’s Comics Residency project will discuss inventing stories where truth often has little to do with reality. Click  ...
Family Affairs
Here, three highly distinctive writers explored dysfunctional families; mining relationships, love and betrayals, secrets and lies. When We Were Bad, Charlotte Mendelson’s novel, tells the story of a high profile woman rabbi’s family in total disarray. In Rutu Modan’s beautifully drawn graphic novel, Exit Wounds, the search for a man feared dead in a terrorist attack reveals someone neither his son nor his lover knew. Blake Morrison wrote two moving memoirs uncovering the liv...
Workshop on Graphic Novels
Come and learn the secrets of creating comics from a team of celebrated graphic novelists. Bring your existing work and produce new work at the workshop. The team includes teenage graphic artist Zoom Rockman, creator of The Zoom, winner at the International Comics Festival in Korea and of the Spirit of London award, who helped commemorate WWI in a cartoon strip on the BBC’s website. A creative workshop for children in school years 3 to 8. Older aspiring car...
The Art of the Graphic Novel

Join leading Israeli graphic novelists Rutu Modan (The Property and Exit Wounds) and Yirmi Pinkus (Petty Business and Professor Fabrikant’s Historical Cabaret) and British artist and curator, Sarah Lightman, editor of Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women to celebrate this most contemporary form of storytelling, which has exploded in popularity over recent decades. The event is chaired by Ariel Kahn.