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My Chernobyl Year by Ukrainian Eisner Award Nominee Yevgenia Nayberg

Yevgenia Nayberg writes and draws My Chernobyl Year, a middle-grade graphic memoir about Soviet life in Ukraine during the Chornobyl disaster

Article Summary

  • Eisner nominee Yevgenia Nayberg pens "My Chernobyl Year", a graphic memoir.
  • The book explores Soviet life during the Chornobyl disaster through a young girl.
  • World rights acquired by Taylor Norman at Neal Porter Books/Holiday House.
  • Yevgenia Nayberg is an acclaimed author/illustrator and stage designer.

Eisner Award nominee Yevgenia Nayberg, is writing and drawing My Chernobyl Year (spelt in the Russian-English form), a middle-grade graphic memoir about a Jewish girl navigating the reality of Soviet life in Ukraine during the Chornobyl disaster in 1986. Born and raised in Kyiv, Yevgenia Nayberg now lives in New York City. And now Taylor Norman at Neal Porter Books/Holiday House has bought world rights to the graphic memoir My Chernobyl Year, from Yevgenia Nayberg's agent Kelly Pelsue at Morgan Gaynin, and it will be published in the spring of 2026. Previously in comics, Yevgenia Nayberg was nominated for Best Adaptation from Another Medium at the Eisner 2023 Awards for A Visit to Moscow by Rabbi Rafael Grossman, which she adapted with Anna Olswanger for Turner.My Chernobyl Year, written and illustrated by Eisner Award nominee Yevgenia Nayberg,

Yevgenia Nayberg has shared a couple of spreads from My Chernobyl Year with Bleeding Cool, though she notes that the text might change in the final version, My Chernobyl Year is a Neal Porter Books/Holiday House publication. Neal Porter Books states that it "publishes picture books that make a difference to children and often challenge the conventional notion of what is suitable for young readers. The imprint is built on long-standing creative partnerships as well as a commitment to sharing new and distinctive voices. "

My Chernobyl Year, written and illustrated by Eisner Award nominee Yevgenia Nayberg,

Yevgenia Nayberg is an award-winning author/illustrator, painter, and stage designer whose illustrations have appeared in magazines and picture books and on theatre posters, music albums, and book covers; her paintings, drawings, and illustrations are held in private collections worldwide. As a set and costume designer, she won the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Fellowship for Theatre Designers, the Independent Theatre Award and the Arlin Meyer Award. She has won three Sydney Taylor Medals for her picture book illustrations, and her debut author/illustrator picture book, Anya's Secret Society, received a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection Award. She's an author/illustrator of Typewriter and Mona Lisa In New York and I Hate Borsch! was the Gold Winner of the 2022 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from The Union Club on Greek Street, shops at Gosh, Piranha and FP. Father of two daughters. Political cartoonist.
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