By Jess D'Amico in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 16, 2007 6:24PM
You might know who Rutu Modan is. If you don't, you should. One of the most celebrated Israeli cartoonists, she's received four Best Illustrated Children's Book Awards from Jerusalem's Israel Museum, and The Israel Ministry of Culture named Rutu Modan the Young Artist of the Year in 1997. She has been a chosen artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation since 2005. We've fallen in love with her Mixed Emotions blog on the New York Times. Convinced you need to know her?
Tonight, Modan presents her North American debut novel, Exit Wounds, at Women and Children First. Exit Wounds is the story of Koby Franco, a young Tel Aviv man who receives a call from a female soldier who says his estranged father has been killed by a suicide bomber. They both set off to find whether his father is dead or alive, along the way discovering his father's life and a revealing a picture of modern Israel. Her use of thin lines and vibrant watercolors tell a story all their own.
Tonight, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.