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2018 Wrap-up!

A lot of very exciting things happened in 2018.  After three years of hard and dangerous work, Molly and Marwan published Brothers of The Gun through Penguin Random House in May. 

The book has been getting amazing reveiws from around the world, is a New York Times Notable book, and was a semifinalist for the National Book award.

 The book tour has taken Molly to speaking events and literary festivals all over the US, and to London, Paris, Istanbul, Delhi and Mumbai. Syria In Ink, an exhibition of the original artwork from the book, opened at the Brooklyn Public Library, with simultaneous exhibits at Amnesty International HQ in London and BANT Havuz in Istanbul. The show is currently on tour.

Life drawings from Mumbai are currently available in the shop!

Molly also did quite a lot of writing for the NY Review of Books including a cover story on refugees, essays on Puerto Rico’s greatest poet Julia De Burgos,  the Turkish invasion of Afrin, and The Jewish Labor Bund, the forgotton Jewish revolutionary party.  She also contributed illustrations for an article by Rohini Mohan about Dehli’s farmer protests, in addition to illustrating a piece about gang violence in El Salvador for The International Crisis Group and contributed drawings to Feeling of Being Watched, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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My first cover story for New York Review of Books, reviewing three new graphic novels about refugees

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Molly also wrote about covered Trump’s manufactured border crisis for Rolling Stone, America’s destruction of Raqqa forThe Guardian, and the murder of Iraq’s instagram queen as well as the potential invasion of Idlib for New York Times.

From “Scenes From an American Trajedy: The Texas Border Crisis” in Rolling Stone
From “If the Regime Comes Here, Everyone Will be Targeted” in The New York Times

Molly illustrated the cover of Pretty Things, her third book cover for french pulp author Virginie Despentes. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In a collaboration with Ms Saffaa, Molly installed new murals at The Owls Head wine bar in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and in Barrio Mariana, Puerto Rico.

And some of her art was even wheatpasted up around NYC

Molly and the lovely folks at Sharp As Knives also release this video about the money bail industry, narrated by John Legend. They also worked on several short films for Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum.

 

In Jakarta, Molly collaborated the the Indonesian feminist collective House of the Unsilenced to do portraits of refugees and women who had had abortions. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Honored to do this collaboration with @elizavitri for @unsilenced_ . Please read her words

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Molly also translated several “Know Your Rights” pamphlets into Arabic for the DSA and painted a few protest banners

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Me, Mustafa (of Irrelevant Arabs podcast infamy) and a friend translated this know your rights pamphlet for @nycdsa and @newsanctuarycoalition

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Molly spoke at the Chicago Ideas Festival, Tata Literature Live!, the Zee Jaipur literature Festival in Boulder, and will be speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India in January.

There’s a lot to look forward to this year, including the announcement that Molly will be an artist-in-residence at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU in spring of 2019!

Looking forward to bringing you more art, writing, and resistance in the New Year

6/25 – RISC + BDC

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Join us Thursday, June 25, for a slideshow and video screening of recent work by the next group of RISC trainees, including artist Molly Crabapple.

RISC Training trains and equip freelance journalists in all media to treat life-threatening injuries on the battlefield. Learn more about RISC here:http://risctraining.org/

Suggested donation: Bronx Resident $5, General $10, helps fund the next class of RISC trainees and the BDC. Tickets available at the door.

Thursday, June 25th
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave.
Bronx, NY 10451
8:15 pm

For more information about RISC, please visit risctraining.org.

Tennessee Williams/NOLA Literary Festival

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Molly will be speaking at The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival on March 28, 2015. Click here for all the deets and to purchase tickets.

CRAFTING MEMOIR: OURSELVES AND OTHERS
Memoir=You writing about you. But you are not a deserted island. How do memoirists portray themselves in the context of significant and non-significant others? Outside the personal sphere, a writer’s own perspective is set against larger realities—race, gender, sexuality, and nationality. How important is the recognition of the writer’s point of view—and position in the world—in memoir? Can a reconciliation between the You and the many Others happen on the pages of a memoir? Or are memoirs just fine as single and singular stories? Writers on this panel have taken on love, race, and activism in their works. They’ll be considering these questions and more in this panel. Bring your own for the Q&A.

Moderated by Lauren Cerand.

Saturday, March 28th
Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
10 am

THE TRANSNATIONALISTS: AMERICAN WRITERS ON BORDER CROSSINGS

The U.S. literary landscape has always been a transnational space—America goes on excursion into the world and the world comes in—as seen in works of authors from Faulkner on to the many multiply-hyphenated, diasporic writers. In this panel of consummate border crossers, authors will discuss what it means to be an American writer in the world today, at home and abroad. Phil Klay, an Iraq veteran and author, Molly Crabapple, an activist, writer, and artist, and Laila Lalami, a Moroccan-American novelist and linguist, will discuss point of view, writing from within (and about) the U.S. borders and looking inward from abroad.


Moderated by Pamela Paul.

Saturday, March 28th
Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
11:30 am

$pread Book Launch and Spark to a Flame Art Show

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Celebrate the release of sex worker magazine $pread’s anthology and the opening night of Spark to a Flame, an art show celebrating the artists of $pread.

On the ten year anniversary of the launch of $pread, the first U.S. magazine by and for sex workers and allies, Feminist Press is bringing its most memorable voices back to life with the book $pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution, edited by Rachel Aimee, Eliyanna Kaiser, and Audacia Ray. Join us for an evening of readings and performance, and for the opening night of ‘Spark to a Flame,’ an art show celebrating the artists of $pread, curated by Damien Luxe. FREE BOOK WITH ADMISSION!

Readers and performers include: Brendan Michael Conner, Hawk Kinkaid, Syd V., Marisa Brigati. Video art by Morgan Page, Xandra Ibarra/Chica Boom, The Incredible Edible Akynos, Ofelia del Corazón, visual art by Fly Orr, Molly Crabapple, Hawk Kinkaid and Cristy Road.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Spark to a Flame is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Spark to a Flame is also supported by HOOK, a publication by and for men in the sex industry.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Launch party 7:30 – 9pm. After party in the Dixon Lounge 9 – 11pm. Tickets are $20 and include a free book. Purchase yours here.

Freedom to Connect 2015

Molly will be speaking at Freedom to Connect, an “exploration of the technology, economics and politics of the Internet and a celebration of its bottom-up, innovative, democracy-enhancing, life-affirming properties,” on March 2nd. If you wish to attend, register here. A webcast of the event will be available from 9am – 5pm for $25. Sign up to view the webcast here.

Click here for more details about this year’s F2C as well as for past events.

Freedom to Connect 2015
March 2nd and 3rd
Civic Hall
156 Fifth Avenue at 20th Street
New York, NY 10010

Doors open at 7:30 am. Molly is scheduled to speak on Art and Internet Freedom between 11 am – 12:30 pm, but all times are subject to change.

After Charlie: What’s next for art, satire, and censorship?

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The massacre at Charlie Hebdo brought urgent questions about censorship, satire, offense and artistic responsibility to the forefront. In response to this, a panel of cartoonists will discuss the future of satire, censorship and self-censorship, as well as the unique power of images especially when married to language.

This panel will feature Art Spiegelman, best known for his graphic novel Maus, cartoonist and journalist Molly Crabapple, editor and New Yorker Art Director Francoise Mouly, and Emmanuel Letouzé, socio-political cartoonist. These acclaimed graphic artists will help us examine the current landscape of cartoon and satire and what the attack at Charlie Hebdo means for the future of these essential components of our culture.

Hosted by PEN American Center, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

Thursday, February 19, 2015
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
6:30pm

Tickets are $10 for PEN/FIAF members, $15 for the public. Click here for more details.

Guantánamo Diary: An Evening of Reading and Conversation

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Hosted by PEN American Center and the ACLU. Artists, authors, and activists unite to read passages from Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s diary — the only diary by a still-imprisoned Guantanamo detainee to be released (Little, Brown & Company, January 20, 2015). Followed by a conversation with Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s attorney, Nancy Hollander, and editor Larry Siems, moderated by Philip Gourevitch.

Monday, January 26th @ 7pm
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

General admission is $15, $10 for PEN & ACLU members, seniors, and students. Purchase tickets here.

Freedom Flicks: CCR Presents Waiting for Fahd

The Bertha Justice Institute at the Center for Constitutional Rights is proud to present a special Freedom Flicks program on Wednesday, January 14th in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library using art and film to bring you rarely told, human stories of Guantánamo prison.

The night will begin with a private reception/gallery exhibit featuring artworks by artist and writer Molly Crabapple, photographer Debi Cornwall and former Guantánamo detainee and CCR client Djamel Ameziane. Following the exhibit we will screen the original short film “Waiting for Fahd”, which tells the heartrending story of CCR client Fahd Ghazy, a Yemeni national unlawfully detained at 17. Now 30, Fahd continues to languish in Guantánamo without charge or trial.

After the screening, CCR Staff Attorney Omar Farah will be joined by Molly Crabapple and Debi Cornwall to discuss the role of art, law, and storytelling in challenging dominant narratives of Guantánamo and surfacing the human impact of indefinite detention.

Seating is limited. Register here to reserve your free ticket.

Wednesday, January 14th
6:30pm – 8:45pm
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Doors open at 6:30pm for the private reception/gallery exhibit. Light refreshments will be provided. Screening starts at 7:15pm sharp.

Portrait in the 21st Century

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November 29, 2014 – January 17, 2015
54 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013

Presented by Postmasters and featuring artwork by Molly Crabapple, Kristin Lucas, Katarzyna Kozyra, Sally Smart, Shamus Clisset, Austin Lee, Anton Perich, and Ryder Ripps. More info here.

Show Me the Money

Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance: 1700 to the Present, John Hansard Gallery, 2014. Featuring the original painting “Debt and her Debtors” in a group show. Photographs: Stephen Shrimpton

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Groundswell Art Auction Benefit

Bidding for Groundswell’s Annual Art Auction is now live! Featuring Molly’s signed 2014 self portrait, which you can bid on here. Bidding ends the day of the benefit, October 14th. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, click here.

Groundswell Annual Art Auction Benefit
110 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
October 14, 2014, 7-10 pm

Gold Rush Awards 2014

Honoring Derrick Adams, Molly Crabapple, Sarah E. Lewis, Dread Scott, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Featuring music, an open bar, and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Tickets are $100 and available here, along with more info.

Saturday, September 27th
22 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Arrivals at 7pm | Program at 8:30pm

Zeitouna #Play4Syria

Zeitouna is a mentorship program for the children displaced by the Syrian war. The Summer 2014 program will be held June 15-19 at the Salam School in Reyhanli, Turkey, serving over 800 at-risk children who’ve been denied access to education for the past year.

Molly will be involved in painting art murals on the school walls.

For more information and the option to donate, click here.

Jan 31st – Café Society at India House

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Friday, January 31, 2014
India House — the Hanover Room
1 Hanover Square
New York, NY 10004
7 pm, doors at 6 pm

Hosted by India House Club member Lauren Cerand with special guests Molly Crabapple, Chris Abani, Filip Noterdaeme, and Daniel Isengart.

Reservations are essential, by phone only: (212) 269-2323 x26. Press 9 before extension.

Admission is one book, new or used, for the club’s library-in-progress.

Jackets are requested for men. No denim. Cash bar. Members of India House receive guaranteed admission and reserved seating.

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Friends of NYCC

As you may know, I’ve been an active supporter of New York Communities for Change (NYCC), a grass roots community group that organizes low and moderate income families. You may have heard of NYCC’s Fast Food Forward campaign that helped launch a movement of fast food workers in over 40 cities nationwide fighting for higher pay.

Whether through city-wide and state-wide campaigns or through their neighborhood chapters in communities throughout New York City and Long Island, NYCC members are leading the fight on some of the most important issues facing New Yorkers — like workplace justice, affordable housing, good public schools and ending Stop and Frisk.

That’s why I’m proud to be a “Friend of NYCC” who’s committed to enabling NYCC members to become a powerful force fighting for working families throughout New York. NYCC is holding its annual fundraising gala on December 3rd where we’ll celebrate the past year’s victories and the work to come. If you want to see more victories like the ones listed above, I hope you’ll join me by purchasing a ticket to the NYCC annual gala or by becoming a friend of NYCC (Friends of NYCC who commit to a monthly contribution of $25/month or more will receive a complementary ticket to the NYCC Gala.)

In just the last few months, NYCC members won a new shortened timeline for the removal of toxic PCB lights from all NYC public schools, joined the fight to keep Long Island Community Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center open for care, and prevented low income victims of Superstorm Sandy from being kicked out in the streets before they could make arrangements to move into affordable housing.

But despite NYCC’s success, true progressive change in this city requires more work. For the first time in decades, New Yorkers have the opportunity to elect a true progressive, Bill de Blasio, to the Mayor’s Office, but in order to make the most of it, our city needs groups like NYCC mobilizing around the real issues that affect working families in NYC. And outside of the city, with some real movement-building, there’s a real opportunity to make the 2014 state elections a referendum on Albany’s broken politics.

NYCC relies on grassroots funding to do some of the most exciting and innovative social justice work in New York State.
Will you join me in the movement and become a Friend of NYCC? For more information and to sign up, see our page here.

Blunderbuss Occupies KGB Bar

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In collaboration with KGB’s True Story nonfiction reading series, Blunderbuss Magazine invites you to explore the state of social movements two years after the rise of Occupy Wall Street. With Molly Crabapple, authors Mark Bray, Michael Gould-Wartofsky, and Nathan Schneider, and journalist Anna Lekas Miller.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
7 – 9 pm
KGB Bar
85 E. 4th St., NYC – btw Bowery & 2nd Avenue
Free admission

RSVP on Facebook. More details on Blunderbuss’s website.

I Have Your Heart at the L.E.S* Film Festival

Have you been waiting to see I Have Your Heart on the big screen? Now’s your chance! Catch the New York premiere at the Lower East Side Film Festival, Monday, June 17th.

Directed by Jim Batt
The story of a good girl with a bad heart, and the boy whose death will save her life.
Told through darkly whimsical stopmotion, the film is a tale about love, loss, and open‐heart surgery.

L.E.S* Film Festival
June 17th (Animation Night)
8-10 pm
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

June 19th (Twisted Love Night) 7:00 pm
217 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Friends of NYCC

New York Communities for Change is one of the most badass organizations in New York. These guys unionize fast food workers, fight stop-and-frisk, did serious relief work during Hurricane Sandy, and are the essence of solidarity not charity. Honored to be a supporter.

I’ll be drinking at their event. If you sign up as a $40/month donor, you get this exclusive signed print of New York Communities for Change member Pamela Flood, one of the organizers of the fast food workers’ strike.

Friends of New York Communities for Change
Fundraiser and Kickoff Party

Friday, May 17th, 6:30-8:30pm
Two Moon Art House and Cafe
315 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Love the work New York Communities for Change members are doing in the fight for worker justice, affordable housing, and public schools? Come join us to celebrate this work and to find out how you can make sure that work gets bigger and better at our Friends of NYCC Kickoff and Fundraiser!

SPECIAL GUESTS:
W. Kamau Bell – Comedian and Host of FX’s Totally Biased
Molly Knefel – Comedian and Host of Radio Dispatch
Letitia James – City Council Member and Candidate for NYC Public Advocate

Join us for drinks, mingling, laughs, and a retrospective of NYCC’s work and what’s in store for the rest of 2013.

Find out how to become a Friend of NYCC, and how you can get a print of Molly Crabapple’s portrait of Fast Food worker and activist Pamela Flood!

For more info, contact Greg Basta ([email protected]) or Gina Bull ([email protected]).