Mike's Place (Hardcover)

A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv

By Jack Baxter, Joshua Faudem, Koren Shadmi (Illustrator)

First Second, 9781596438576, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

List Price: 22.99*
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There's a rule at Mike's Place: never, ever talk politics or religion. At this blues bar on the Tel Aviv beachfront, an international cast of characters mingles with the locals, and everyone is welcome to grab a beer and forget the conflict outside. At least, that's the story Jack and Joshua want to tell in their documentary.
But less than a month after they begin filming, Mike's Place is the target of a deadly suicide bombing. Jack, Joshua, and the Mike's Place family survive the only way they know how-by keeping the camera rolling.
Written by filmmakers Jack Baxter and Joshua Faudem and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Koren Shadmi, Mike's Place chronicles the true story of an infamous terrorist attack in painstaking detail. Rarely has the slow build to tragedy, and the rebirth that follows, been captured with such a compassionate and unflinching eye.

About the Author

Jack Baxter is a filmmaker and freelance journalist from New York City. He wrote, produced, and directed the controversial and critically acclaimed 1995 film Brother Minister: The Assassination of Malcolm X. He and his wife Fran Strauss-Baxter are the co-producers of the award-winning documentary Blues by the Beach.

Joshua Faudem is an American-Israeli documentary filmmaker who studied at the prestigious film program at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). He has filmed, produced, and directed notable documentaries and television shows in Israel, Europe, and North America. He is the director of the award-winning documentary Blues by the Beach.

Koren Shadmi is an illustrator and cartoonist whose graphic novels have been published in France, Italy, Spain, Israel, and the US. His illustrations have won several awards from the Society of Illustrators, and Charles Burns selected his work for The Best American Comics 2009 anthology.

Praise For Mike's Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv

“Mike's Place is an astonishing achievement; a remarkable insight into Israeli youth culture and the deep ironies of politics and war. An incredibly rich, absorbing and passionate account of a harrowing event and its aftermath.” —Steve Brodner, author of Freedom Fries

“Mike's Place is beautiful and true, exciting and tragic--a perfect non-fiction saga that helps expand what the graphic novel can do. Start reading it now; you'll miss your subway stop.” —Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life: A Memoir

“This is a well-written and drawn graphic novel that brings home the violence that the people in Israel face daily. . . The senseless violence is brought to life.” —VOYA, starred review