New Murals in NYC

Molly recently completed three new murals in the NYC area

This installation is now on view at the Lower Manhattan offices of the Democratic Socialists of America. Check out their calendar for regular organizing and community events.

And now at BOTH locations of Cheeseboat, are these murals based on the piece “New York Nestan Darejan” (currently available as a print in the shop)

Cheeseboat is the best place in New York to get authentic Georgian comfort food, and their menu is full of some of the most delicious, cheesy food in the city. Stop by, eat a cheeseboat, and enjoy the new art. On view at Cheesetboat in Williamsburg and Hell’s Kitchen.

Photos by Jake Salyers @jakesalyers

Take a look at Molly’s murals and installations page to see more

India’s First Female Leader: Crafting History and Art

Thursday, November 24, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
100 Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St George St Toronto, ON M5R 2M8

Ruby Lal, award-winning and acclaimed historian of India, and Molly Crabapple, National Book Award nominated artist and celebrated journalist, are collaborating on Tiger Slayer, a young reader edition of the author’s biography of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, widely regarded as India’s Cleopatra. Ruby and Molly will be joined in conversation with host, novelist Randy Boyagoda, discussing history and artmaking, and the craft of women’s collaboration as artist and writer.

Upcoming Events

Monday October 24th, 7pm

McNally Jackson Seaport

Yasmin El-Rifae presents Radius, in conversation with Molly Crabapple and Sarah Leonard

“A haunting, intimate account of the women and men who built a feminist revolution in the middle of the Arab Spring.”


Wednesday, November 2nd 7pm

The Center for Fiction, and on livestream

Join Naomi Huffman and Molly Crabapple in discussion of Kathrine Dunn’s (Geek Love) posthumously released novel Toad.

“A brilliant precursor to the book that would make Dunn a misfit hero and a refreshing take even fifty-some years after it was written, Toad demonstrates Dunn’s genius for black humor and irony, her ecstatic celebration of the grotesque.”


“How the Taxi Workers Won” Awarded the Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize

We are very proud and honored to announce that the 2021 piece “How the Taxi Workers Won,” co-published by The Nation and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, has been awarded the 2022 Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize.

“The Bernhardt Prize promotes journalism that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. The event and the prize honor the vision of the late Debra E. Bernhardt, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people.” – Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

“The Viral Underclass” By Steven W Thrasher

Molly created a series of portraits promoting Steven W. Thrashers’ new book, “The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide”, available now.

Each of the portraits represents someone featured in the book, including the cast of the film Parasite. One of these five portraits could be yours if you enter this contest before August 31st. No purchase necessary, and you must be 18+

“An irresistibly readable and humane exploration of the barbarities of class…readers are gifted that most precious of things in these muddled times: a clear lens through which to see the world.”
—Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

“Living Within Our Means” interview series for Earth Overshoot Day 2022

Molly illustrated five pieces for Earth Overshoot Day, to accompany a series of interviews by powerful women explaining how gender equality and healing our environment are linked.

Read All Five Interviews Here

An “Overshoot Day” is the date by which, per person, a country’s natural resource consumption surpasses the earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources in the space of one year.

This series of interviews was produced by The Heinrich Boell Foundation.

“On the occasion of Earth Overshoot Day 2022, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC is publishing a series of short interviews with feminist change-makers committed to fighting for people and the planet. We aim to elevate their views on what needs to change in global consumption patterns and how a structural feminist transformation to a more just and sustainable world can be achieved. The interviews feature not only feminist perspectives on economic, political, environmental, and social transformations, but also highlight approaches on how to maintain individual resilience and well-being in a time where many of us feel overburdened by the breadth of global challenges.”

“You Have Not Yet Been Defeated”

Join Molly, Sanaa Seif, Rosaline Elbay, and Sharif Abdel Kouddous for a reading of “You Have Not Yet Been Defeated” by Alaa Abd el-Fattah at McNally Jackson Seaport on April 25th.


“A fiercely independent thinker who fuses politics and technology in powerful prose, an activist whose ideas represent a global generation which has only known struggle against a failing system, a public intellectual with the rare courage to offer personal, painful honesty, Alaa’s written voice came to symbolize much of what was fresh, inspiring and revolutionary about the uprisings that have defined the last decade”

Molly to illustrate “Tiger Slayer” by Ruby Lal

LATimes Book Prize Finalist and professor of South Asian history at Emory University Ruby Lal’s TIGER SLAYER, a young reader’s edition of the author’s biography of Mughal empress Nur Jahan, often considered the Cleopatra of South Asia, is to be illustrated by National Book Award-nominated artist and journalist Molly Crabapple, to Simon Boughton at Norton Children’s, in an exclusive submission, by Bridget Wagner Matzie at Aevitas Creative Management for the author, and by Alice Whitwham at The Cheney Agency for the illustrator.

“How the Taxi Workers Won” wins Best in Show from the Society for News Design

Molly’s story “How the Taxi Workers Won” in the Economic Hardship Project won Best in Show from the Society for News Design in the micro newsroom category.

Judges praised the “gorgeous, emotional portraits of the taxi drivers.” saying “Molly Crabapple’s work reminds me how much I have in common with every other human who shares this earth. In these images, she showed struggle and joy in one stroke.”

If you haven’t read the story of how NYC taxi drivers launched a successful hunger strike to have their debt renegotiated, you can read it here.

2021 – Year in Review

In the quiet nights before New Years, I like to sit with my notebook and try to remember what I did in the twelve months prior — to pick out moments from the procession of meals cooked and phone calls made, of glasses of whisky emptied, drawings inked, words edited and ink spilled.  Most of these memories stay in my notebook, but here is the place for a more professional accounting.

This year I wrote more of my book on the Jewish Labor Bund, which is made slower because I have to do so much for the research in Yiddish (bless you, CYCO books). I wrote less for publication, but here are a few favorite pieces:

“How the Taxi Drivers Won” for The Nation– a cover story on how New York’s cabbies pulled off one of the year’s most inspiring labor victories.

“Occupy Memory” for New York Review of Books – a meditation on Occupy Wall Street, which turned ten this year, and changed both me and the world. 

A love letter to New York City for Lithub 

I painted murals for Bluestockings Bookstore and the Clemente Soto Velez Center.

My art appeared on walls all over New York.

Photo by @michaelhermidaz

I made a video about debt for The Intercept with my ever collaborators Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt. Our video series Welcome to the Zowon an Edward R Murrow award, a gold medal from the Society for News Design, and a bunch of other awards I forgot. It was nominated for two Emmys.  

I illustrated a year of covers for Dissent.

I illustrated a massive Amnesty International report on the persecution of Uighars in Xinjiang 

My friends at Radix Media released Fanning the Flames, a coloring book of my old school burlesque drawings.

I’ve travelled little since COVID began.  To make up for it, I had New York. I cooked for the Chinatown free fridge and left flowers at my great grandparents’ grave, and walked with BombaYo’s annual parranda in Bushwick, warmed by the joy of every old lady who stopped to dance. I went out to Hunts Point for the Teamsters strike. I hung with the taxi drivers since the first night of their sit-in at City Hall. I stayed up till dawn at the Chelsea Hotel, where a few old-school bohemians have held onto their apartments like fortresses. I made a million bottles of coquito. I had my friends, my man, my parents, my city… and though I miss the world terribly, these are enough.