Graphic NovelKhalil Bendib / Luis Sepúlveda
A survivor of the Battle of Algiers, Khalil Bendib was born in Paris as a refugee of Algeria’s war of independence. He grew up in Morocco and Algeria, and, at age 20, landed in Berkeley, California, where he studied and became an artist. His political cartoons have been published in the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and other major US newspapers. Bendib’s first graphic novel, ZAHRA’S PARADISE, about the Green movement of 2009 in Iran, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into many languages.
Born in northern Chile in 1949, Luis Sepúlveda is the bestselling author of the longseller The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly, which sold over five million copies worldwide. He has many highly acclaimed literary awards to his name, among others the Primavera de Novela Prize, the Taormina Prize 2014 and the Hemingway Lugnano Sabbiadoro Prize 2016, and has written short stories, novellas, plays, radioplays and essays. Due to his political activities in the students’ movement Luis Sepúlvedahad to leave Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. Since 1997 he lived in Gijón, Spain. His books have been translated into 50 languages.