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1,000 Words: The Power of Visual Storytelling


May 2 | The Great Hall at Cooper Union | NYC

With Emmanuel Guibert, David Polonsky, and Shaun Tan; moderated by Jonathan Ames

What can pictures provide that words cannot? Our panelists have all used pictures to tell challenging and compelling stories: Shaun Tan, from Australia, has imagined the experience of immigration in his wordless book The Arrival; Jonathan Ames, from the United States, has depicted the life of a failing writer in The Alcoholic; David Polonsky, from Israel, illustrated the horrors of the Israeli-Lebanon war in Waltz with Bashir; and Emmanuel Guibert, from France, has documented war in Afghanistan and in Europe in his graphic novels.

Cosponsored by Cooper Union

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PEN Blogs

• Mary Ann Caws:
Most of all I loved Jonathan Ames’ Harry call, with which he opened and closed this session — heartfelt, warm, loud, vibrating…he organized the session aroung “origin stories” — what started the three visual storytellers — Emmanuel Guilbert, David Polonsky, Shaun Tan — on  their way. [More]


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