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New Yorker Cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan Discusses His New Memoir "I Was A Child"


Wednesday November 11, 2015: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Bruce Eric Kaplan, the renowned New Yorker cartoonist, visits AADL to discuss his critically praised illustrated memoir I Was a Child. This event, cosponsored by AADL and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor as part of the 2015 Jewish Book Festival, will include a book signing and books will be for sale.

Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated and admired cartoonists in America. I Was a Child is the story of his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small moments we all experience: going to school, playing with friends, family dinners, watching TV on a hot summer night, and so on. It would seem like a conventional childhood, although Kaplan’s anecdotes are accompanied by his signature drawings of family outings and life at home-road trips, milk crates, hamsters, ashtrays, a toupee, a platypus, and much more. Kaplan’s cartoons, although simple, are never straightforward; they encompass an easy irony and dark humor that often cuts straight to the truth of experience. Brilliantly relatable and genuinely moving, I Was a Child is about our attempts to understand the mysteries that are our parents, our families, and ourselves.

Bruce Eric Kaplan is an American artist whose single-panel cartoons frequently appear in The New Yorker. He also has a whole other life as a television writer and producer, currently for HBO’s Girls.

The Jewish Book Festival runs November 4–15. For more information about the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor or the Jewish Book Festival, visit

This event will be recorded