"On Tyranny": Book Talk with Timothy Snyder & Nora Krug
Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Elliott Bay Book Company welcome historian Timothy Snyder and artist Nora Krug for a virtual discussion about the new graphic edition of Snyder’s book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century featuring illustrations by Krug. Paul Constant will moderate the talk.
This event will take place online at 6:00 pm PT. Please register via Eventbrite to receive Zoom access info.
Timothy Snyder’s New York Times bestseller "On Tyranny" uses the darkest moments in twentieth-century history, from Nazism to Communism, to teach twenty lessons on resisting modern-day authoritarianism. Among the twenty include a warning to be aware of how symbols used today could affect tomorrow (“4: Take responsibility for the face of the world”), an urgent reminder to research everything for yourself and to the fullest extent (“11: Investigate”), a point to use personalized and individualized speech rather than clichéd phrases for the sake of mass appeal (“9: Be kind to our language”), and more.
In this graphic edition, Nora Krug draws from her highly inventive art style in "Belonging"—at once a graphic memoir, collage-style scrapbook, historical narrative, and trove of memories—to breathe new life, color, and power into Snyder’s riveting historical references, turning a quick-read pocket guide of lessons into a visually striking rumination. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of "On Tyranny" emphasizes the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance.
“It is impossible to overstate the urgency of Timothy Snyder’s handbook for recognizing and resisting the normalization of barbarism. Nora Krug illustrates with soulful beauty and the moral clarity of an artist who never flinches. The combination is as hopeful as it is devastating. Krug’s illustrated edition of On Tyranny is more than an instant classic. It is an act of resistance—and a gift of love.”—Joshua Oppenheimer.
Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author of The Road to Unfreedom, On Tyranny, Black Earth, and Bloodlands. His work has received the Hannah Arendt Prize, the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding, and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Nora Krug is the author of the award-winning graphic memoir Belonging and an associate professor at Parsons School of Design in New York. Her drawings and visual narratives have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Le Monde diplomatique. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Maurice Sendak Foundation, Fulbright, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and of medals from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club.
Paul Constant has written about politics, books, and culture for The Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, The Stranger, and many other publications. He is a fellow at Civic Ventures and a co-founder of the Seattle Review of Books. He has written several comics for AHOY Comics, and one book that he co-created, Planet of the Nerds, has been optioned by Paramount Players for a film adaptation.
***** Get a copy of the book through Elliott Bay Book Company and join us at our November online book club meeting! We will discuss the graphic edition of On Tyranny on November 18 at 7pm PT. Find more info here *****