Last Tuesday evening, I had the opportunity to usher at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco where Marjane Satrapi (of Persepolis fame) gave a talk.  (The JCCSF has an exciting graphic novel series of artist talks and panel discussions!)  

Marjane’s talked about how she came to write Persepolis and shared many stories about her challenges about bringing her story into comic form.  It was a community of artists that convinced her to do so.  She delved into political and social issues with a zest for heightening awareness and also peppered her talk with humorous anecdotes.  She spoke at length about community and culture in particular.  She was quick, concise and engaging in her speech and I came away inspired by the stories she shared.  

After Marjane’s talk, a few of my Writers Old Fashioned compatriots and I got to meet Marjane in person.  She was congenial and gracious, smelled like sandalwood and neroli, and looked amazing (her author pic does not do her justice!).  Thanks to Matt for letting me and Mindy know about the event and thanks to Mindy for being so much fun to work with.  Thanks also to House Manager William Byrne for the hospitality (It was my first time at the JCCSF and I hope to usher there again soon!).

Check out the picture of Marjane, Matt Silady, Mindy Owens, Serena Schlake, and myself at Matt Silady’s Work Blog!  And be sure to rent or buy a copy of the film adaption of Persepolis!