The fifty-eighth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Presentation: Zeina Abirached analyzes her four comic books published to date, all of them autobiographical: Beyrouth Catharsis [Beirut Catharsis] (2006), 38, rue Youssef Semaani [38 Youssef Semaani Street] (2006), Mourir Partir Revenir: Le jeu des hirondelles (2007), [published in English as A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Live, To Return] (2012) and Je me souviens: Beyrouth [I Remember: Beirut] (2008). She focuses especially here on the dimensions of time and space, history and geography, memory and autobiography, in her work. She also discusses the influence of OuLiPo, and especially the writings of Georges Perec, on her comics.

Zeina Abirached was born in 1981 in Beirut, Lebanon. She studied at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) in Beyrouth and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. The main subject of her work has been the Lebanese Civil War. She has published several autobiographical comics, all with Editions Cambourakis (Paris): Beyrouth Catharsis [Beirut Catharsis] (2006), 38, rue Youssef Semaani [38, Youssef Semaani Street] (2006), Le jeu des hirondelles: Mourir, partir, revenir (2007), and Je me souviens: Beyrouth [I Remember: Beirut] (2008). She has illustrated several books, including Le livre du Chevalier Zifar [The Book of Knight Zifar] (2009), translated by Jean-Marie Barberà,  Le papa-maman [The Daddy-Mommy] (2010), with text by Angelina Galvani, and Agatha de Beyrouth [Agatha of Beirut] (2011), with text by Jacques Jouet, and Père Mère [Father Mother] (2011), edited by Yves Haddad. She also wrote and illustrated Mouton [Sheep] (2012). Mourir, partir, revenir: Le jeu des hirondelles was published in English translation as A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return (Graphic Universe/Lerner Books, 2012), for which it received a French Voices grant. She currently lives in Paris, where she continues to draw comics.

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