Nora Krug is a German-American author and illustrator whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde diplomatique and A Public Space, and in anthologies published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon and Schuster and Chronicle Books. Krug is a recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Maurice Sendak Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service. Her books are included in the Library of Congress and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Krug was named Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year and 2019 Book Illustration Prize Winner by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her visual memoir Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home (foreign edition title Heimat), about WWII and her own German family history was chosen as a New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018, as one of The Guardian’s 50 Biggest Books of Autumn 2018 and Best Books of 2018, as an NPR Book of the Year 2018, as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Memoirs of 2018 as one of Time Magazine’s 8 Must-Read Books you May Have Missed in 2018, one of the San Fransisco Chronicle’s Best Books of 2018, one of the Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2018, and for the January 2019 SWR Bestenliste. It was the winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography Category), of the 2019 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, the 2019 Art Directors Club gold cube and discipline winner cube, the 2019 Literaturförderpreis of the city of Aalen, and the 2019 Evangelischer Buchpreis. It was also nominated for the Fauve D’Or at the 2019 Angoulême International Comics Festival. Krug’s illustrations have been recognized with gold and one silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, and her visual biography, Kamikaze, about a surviving Japanese WWII pilot, was included in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics and Best Non-Required Reading. Krug’s work has been exhibited internationally, and her animations were shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Krug is an associate professor in the Illustration Program at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.
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