Media Release — Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights to Miriam Katin’s autobiographical graphic novel, LETTING IT GO, it was announced today by Chris Oliveros, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief. To be released in February 2013, LETTING IT GO is Miriam Katin’s second graphic memoir, a companion to her 2006 acclaimed debut, WE ARE ON OUR OWN. LETTING IT GO explores the lasting impact of the Second World War on Miriam as an adult, whose son Ilan has recently moved to Berlin.
As Miriam struggles to accept Ilan’s decision to live in Germany, she realizes how much her past is affecting her present. Katin has the light hand of a master storyteller in this, an insightful, serious, but wry account of the myriad ways trauma inflects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families. “Miriam is the fully realized cartoonist every publishers dreams of when a submission envelope comes in the mail or you open an anthology,” said Oliveros. “And what’s more is that her life story is as rich and layered as art making her a vital voice in contemporary comics. I was floored when she sent in pencils for WE ARE ON OUR OWN and I was equally awed to read LETTING IT GO.”
Katin was born in Hungary during World War II and immigrated to Israel in 1957 where she served in the Israel Defense Forces as a graphic artist. Before starting a career in comics at the age of 63, Katin was an animator and background designer for MTV and Disney. LETTING IT GO will be distributed in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. International rights are represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.
Praise for Miriam Katin’s WE ARE ON OUR OWN: “Richly illustrated in pencil, this book should not be missed by anyone with an interest in history, love or faith–so anyone, really.”–Time Magazine “A skillfully rendered memoir about Katin and her mother’s harrowing escape from Budapest in 1944. Its world is gray, its characters complex.”–Boston Globe “A powerful reminder of the lingering price of survival.” –Publishers Weekly Starred Review “Katin’s understatement makes the story all the more chilling and heartbreaking. This impressive book belongs in all serious graphic novel collections and is also a natural for Jewish studies.”–Gordon Flagg, Booklist