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In Free Speech Handbook, a new nonfiction graphic novel from First Second’s World Citizen Comicsseries, media lawyer Ian Rosenberg and artist Mike Cavallaro create a practical framework for understanding where our free speech protections have come from and how they may develop in the future.
Author, Ian Rosenberg, has over twenty years of experience as a media lawyer, and has worked as legal counsel for ABC News since 2003. He graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and magna cum laudefrom Cornell Law School. Rosenberg is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, and teaches media law at Brooklyn College. He is the author of The Fight for Free Speech (NYU Press 2021), which Kirkus called in a starred review, “Essentialreading for journalists, political activists, and ordinary citizens alike."
Illustrator, Mike Cavallaro, is from New Jersey and has worked in comics and animation since the early 1990s. His comics include Eisner Award–nominated Parade (with fireworks), The Life and Times of Savior 28 (written by J.M.DeMatteis), FoiledandCurses! Foiled Again(written by Jane Yolen), Decelerate Blue (written by Adam Rapp), and the Nico Bravo series(a 2019 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids selection).
They will be joined in conversation with, Laura Wides-Muñoz, the Los Angeles Times’ deputy bureau chief in Washington. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and The Guardian, among other outlets. Her debut book, "The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What it Means to be American” (Harper Books), was named a semifinalist for the 2018 PEN America/John Kenneth Galbraith award for nonfiction literature.