Gertie, 357 Grand St
You’re invited to a special evening with artist and emerging author Emily Bowen Cohen, Jewish Book Council’s first Writer-in-Residence. Join The Neighborhood and Jewish Book Council at our friends Gertie in Williamsburg for a conversation, a nosh, and a preview of Emily’s forthcoming graphic novel Two Tribes (Heartdrum, an imprint of Harper Collins, 2023).
About Two Tribes:
Feeling out of place both at home with her mom and new stepfather and at her Jewish day school, Mia finds herself thinking more and more about her Native American father, who lives with his new family in Oklahoma. Her mother doesn’t want to talk about him, but Mia can’t help but wonder if she’s missing a part of herself without him in her life. Mia makes a plan to use the gifts from her bat mitzvah to take a bus to Oklahoma—without telling her mom—to visit her dad, in hopes of finding the connection to her Muscogee side she knows is just as important as her Jewish side.
Emily Bowen Cohen is a writer and visual artist. Currently Jewish Book Council’s inaugural Writer-in-Residence, and is part of The Peleh Fund Residency, a program of The Neighborhood that funds a 3-6 month residency for an artist and their family in Berkeley, California and Brooklyn. Her graphic novel, Two Tribes, will be published June 2023 by Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint at HarperCollins. Emily’s background informs her passion for creating complicated Indigenous characters. She is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and grew up in rural Oklahoma. Her father was the Chief of Staff at their tribal hospital and her mother is a nice Jewish girl from New Jersey. After her father’s early death, she was separated from her Native family. A decade later, she returned to Oklahoma for a bittersweet homecoming. She’s been writing and drawing stories about the weirdness of being Indigenous in America ever since. Cohen is best known for her memoir-style comics including her book An American Indian Guide to the Day of Atonement, in addition to several other published essays, such as My Sioux-kot and Visiting National Parks While Native.