Liana Finck

Liana Finck

Liana Finck is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The Awl, and Catapult. Her 2018 graphic memoir, Passing for Human, was named a best book of the year by The Guardian and New York magazine She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. Finck has had artist residencies with the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Tablet magazine. Her first book, A Bintel Brief, was published in 2014.

Website: lianafinck.com
Substack: lianafinck.substack.com
Instagram: @lianafinck
Twitter:
@lianafinck

Let There Be Light is smart and smarting and sometimes a revelation, though not exactly of the theological variety.” –The New York Times

FESTIVAL BOOK

Passing For Human: A Graphic Memoir

<span style="font-weight: 400;">In this achingly beautiful graphic memoir, Liana Finck goes in search of that thing she has lost–her shadow, she calls it, but one might also think of it as the "otherness" or "strangeness" that has defined her since birth, that part of her that has always made her feel as though she is living in exile from the world. In Passing for Human, Finck is on a quest for self-understanding and self-acceptance, and along the way she seeks to answer some eternal questions: What makes us whole? What parts of ourselves do we hide or ignore or chase away–because they're embarrassing, or inconvenient, or just plain weird–and at what cost?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Passing for Human is what Finck calls "a neurological coming-of-age story"–one in which, through her childhood, human connection proved elusive and her most enduring relationships were with plants and rocks and imaginary friends; in which her mother was an artist whose creative life had been stifled by an unhappy first marriage and a deeply sexist society that seemed expressly designed to snuff out creativity in women; in which her father was a doctor who struggled in secret with the guilt of having passed his own form of otherness on to his daughter; and in which, as an adult, Finck finally finds her shadow again–and, with it, her true self.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Melancholy and funny, personal and surreal, Passing for Human is a profound exploration of identity by one of the most talented young comic artists working today. Part magical odyssey, part feminist creation myth, this memoir is, most of all, an extraordinary, moving meditation on what it means to be an artist and a woman grappling with the desire to pass for human.</span>

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<b>BE CURIOUSER</b>
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<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">   </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">A Graphic Memoir That Confronts the Weirdness Within </span><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/books/review/liana-finck-passing-for-human.html"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">- The New York Times</span></i></a></li>
<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">   </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Passing For Human By Liana Finck – review</span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/18/passing-for-human-liana-finck-review"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> – The Guardian</span></i></a></li>
<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">   </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">In a New Graphic Memoir, Liana Finck Traces Her Own Origin Story</span><a href="https://www.vogue.com/article/liana-finck-interview-graphic-memoir-passing-for-human"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> -</span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue </span></i></a></li>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span><b>GET THE BOOK</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">  </span>

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Let There Be Light: The Real Story of Her Creation

In this ambitious and transcendent graphic novel, Liana Finck turns her keen eye to none other than the Old Testament, reimagining the story of Genesis with God as a woman, Abraham as a resident of New York City, and Rebekah as a robot, among many other delightful twists. In Finck's retelling, the millennia-old stories of Adam and Eve, Abraham and Isaac, and Jacob and Esau haunt the pages like familiar but partially forgotten nursery rhymes – transmuted by time but still deeply resonant. With her trademark insightfulness, wry humor, and supple, moving visual style, Finck accentuates the latent sweetness and timeless wisdom of the original text, infusing it with wit and whimsy while retaining every ounce of its spiritual heft.

<em>Let There Be Light </em>is proof that old stories can live forever, whether as ancient scripture or as a series of profound and enchanting cartoons. The Book of Genesis is about some of the most fundamental, eternally pertinent questions that we can ask: What does it mean to be human? What is the purpose of our lives? And how should we treat one another? The stories that attempt to answer these questions are an immediate link with the people who first told them. Unable to fathom the holiness and preciousness of that notion, or put it into words, Finck set out to depict it. The result is a true story of creation, rendered by one of our most innovative creators.

<strong>GET THE BOOK</strong>

<a href="https://shop.owlsnestbooks.com/item/zroBIQl5na9urrJZ0yyu4Q">Owl’s Nest Books</a> (Calgary) | <a href="https://calgary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S95C1469870">Calgary Public Library</a>

<strong>BE CURIOUSER</strong>
<ul>
<li><strong>Liana Finck Imagines a Female God, in Her Own Image.</strong> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/11/books/review/liana-finck-let-there-be-light.html"><em>–The New York Times</em></a></li>
<li><strong>Why Liana Finck, Instagram’s Favorite Cartoonist, Had To Stop Drawing Strollers.</strong> <em>-</em><a href="https://www.elle.com/culture/a29267858/liana-finck-instagram-cartoons-excuse-me/"><em>Elle</em></a></li>
<li><strong>Liana Finck on How to Write Like a Cartoonist. </strong><a href="https://lithub.com/liana-finck-on-how-to-write-like-a-cartoonist/"><em>-Literary Hub</em></a></li>
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ALL EVENTS WITH Liana Finck

1 PM
Making Power Pictures with Liana Finck
Oct 01 @ 1 PM MT - 2:15 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW
3 PM
Inter-Activity: Mind Games
Oct 01 @ 3 PM MT - 4:15 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW
5:30 PM
Tzavta Salon: Liana Finck
Oct 02 @ 5:30 PM MT - 7:30 PM MT

Park By Sidewalk Citizen

340 13 Ave SW

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