Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook: An evening with Christopher Noxon

by | Sep 30, 2019 | What’s Happening

Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival

Monday, November 4, 6 pm
Sandler Family Campus, free

The human vocabulary cannot articulate what Christopher Noxon illustrates on the subject of history and hope in Good Trouble Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook. An illustrator, author and activist, Noxon’s vivid pen and watercolor drawings provide a ‘Moral Imagination’ map for activists and communities seeking inspiration and guidance. Good Trouble is eye and brain candy for anyone in search of an action-driven antidote to today’s turbulence and upheaval.

Expect some pre-election day Good Trouble when Noxon speaks candidly about the importance of confrontation, joy, and faith as part of the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival.

Noxon is the author of the novel Plus One, which Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner called “well-observed, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny,” and Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes and the Reinvention of the American Grown Up which Ira Glass, host of public radio’s This American Life, called “an eye opener.” His work is featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, CNN’s In the Money, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

This event marks Noxon’s first gallery-style exhibition where he will feature 25 illustrations chosen from his new book. He says he is excited to share what he learned about the local Civil Rights movement, and display three original illustrations created expressly to resonate with the community.

Noxon’s talk promises to provoke and enlighten—and coincide with Noxon’s debut gallery showing. A book signing will follow. All book proceeds are donated to the Center for Popular Democracy, a nonprofit advocacy group devoted to racial justice, health care, and poverty issues.

To RSVP or for more information on this and other Book Festival events, visit JewishVa.org or contact Patty Shelanski at pshelanski@ujft.org or 757-452-3184.

Christopher Noxen is in Tidewater through the Simon Family JCC’s partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

Lisa Richmon