FIAF Montclair welcomes renowned Lebanese graphic novelist Joseph Kai for an evening of conversation to celebrate the new English translation of his acclaimed first book, L’Intranquille (Casterman, 2021), now released as Restless (Street Noise, 2023).
The compelling story, inspired by the author’s life, takes place in contemporary Beirut—30 years after the country’s brutal civil war and months before the massive explosion of 2020—with powerful themes of art, sex, and political uprising explored through the eyes of a young, queer comic book artist named Samar. Restless, conveying Samar’s life experiences and memories with Kai’s preternatural color palette, reflects the author’s unease with Lebanon’s complexities and ever-shifting moods—a society where comic books can serve as a form of protest and a voice for change.
The evening will culminate in a Q&A, book signing, and reception. Wine, and Lebanese appetizers and desserts will be served. The book will be available for purchase at the event.
Five lucky attendees will be selected via a random drawing to each win a complimentary copy of the book. You are automatically entered into the drawing when you purchase your ticket. Winners will be notified by email and will be able to pick up their book at the event.
Joseph Kai is a queer artist from Beirut, Lebanon. He has published several works with the Lebanese collective of BD Samandal Comics. Joseph has participated in numerous festivals and exhibitions in Beirut, Lebanon; Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and both Angouleme and Paris, France. He is currently living and working in Paris. This is his debut graphic novel.