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The Wolf of Baghdad

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:00 pm

The Wolf of Baghdad
Wednesday, June 2 @ 2 pm


In the 1940’s, over a third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish. Within a decade nearly all of Iraq’s 150,000 Jews had fled. Of those remaining, most escaped in the 1970’s or were killed. Today only three remain. The Wolf of Baghdad is a graphic memoir of a lost homeland, a wordless narrative by an author homesick for a home she has never visited.


During this event, a short video preview of book, with a soundtrack of Iraqi and Judeo-Arabic music, will be shown by its creator, musician/cartoonist Carol Isaacs/The Surreal McCoy. Carol will then present a slideshow to provide historical context and a background about the making of the project. She will be exploring themes of identity and belonging and the little-known story of Iraqi Jews. Discussion/Q&A to follow.


About the author: Carol Isaacs is a keyboard player & accordionist in the pop and world music fields. She has worked with many international artists including Sinéad O’Connor and the Indigo Girls and is a founder member of the London Klezmer Quartet. Also known as cartoonist The Surreal McCoy, her cartoons have been published in the New Yorker, Sunday Times and many other places. The Wolf of Baghdad is her first book and is based on her own Jewish family’s recollections of their lost Iraqi homeland. She has also turned it into an animation, playing Arabic accordion on the soundtrack.


The book, The Wolf of Baghdad, is available for checkout from Delray Library with your library card.


Free; registration required. The Zoom ID and password will be provided with registration confirmation.


The Wolf of Baghdad

Organizer: Isabella Rowan