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Jason Lutes “Berlin” Book Release & Talk
November 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jason Lutes is visiting from Vermont with his epic new graphic novel of the collected BERLIN, published by Drawn & Quarterly. Hosting this event along with Elliott Bay Book Company, is Megan Kelso, a local cartoonist, Short Run Board member, and good friend of Lutes’! It will be a happy reunion!
BERLIN is a 20 year literary masterpiece of historical fiction about the decline of the Weimar Republic and the rise of fascist extremism in 1930s Germany. Rather than focus on the big historical figures, Lutes zeroes in on the street level, interweaving the stories of artists and charlatans and blue collar workers and the rich and poor. Immaculately drawn and carefully researched, Jason’s story is shaped by the historical events, but focused on the way real, normal people would live an experience like this – the rise of populist extremism and the silencing of diverse voices. We see the squelching of the rights of religious minorities, LGBTQ+ people, and people of color.