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Next, on to chilly Chicago for Limmud, an international Jewish cultural festival, where I
presented a talk on my graphic novel, “Lily Renee, Escape Artist,” and taught a
comics-writing workshop to teens. The only trouble with Limmud is that it’s a one-day
festival and entirely too many good things were crammed into that day, forcing me to
make some tough decisions about which presentations to take in. I decided on one about
secular Jewish music, and one about Jewish demonology, and I wasn’t disappointed —
fascinating stuff that I want to look into much further. And here I am with a talented
young man I met there: Darren Kwiatkowski has illustrated a charming book for younger
readers called “The Book of Roots,” and I predict we’ll be seeing more from him in the
future.

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