"Malkah's Notebook" Lecture with Dr. Mira Amiras
Parts bedtime story, poem, and journal, and coupled with highly evocative illustrations, Malkah’s Notebook (2022) is a graphic novel about and love letter to the Hebrew alphabet. The profound illustrated book tells the story about the relationship between young Malkah and her father, who tries teaching her to read Torah. But with each piece of learning, Malkah’s questions multiply. Within the very first line of the book of Genesis, she discovers a secret story of creation, which opens a door to life’s greatest mysteries. Her journey takes her through Jewish mystical texts, far-off places, archaeological digs, ancient gods, and ultimately into the nature of existence itself. The author and creator of this groundbreaking graphic novel, Dr. Mira Amiras, will discuss her process in creating this extraordinary graphic novel, as well as her subsequent film, The Day Before Creation.