Ken Krimstein


  • The People of the (Comic) Book


  • MA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • BA, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA


Ken Krimstein is a cartoonist, author, and educator whose work appears in the New YorkerWall Street JournalNew York Times, and Chicago Tribune. His most recent book, When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers, was named an NPR Best Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, a Top Ten Graphic Novel of 2021, and a Chicago Tribune Best Read.

His 2018 book, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, won the Bernard J. Bromel Award for Biography and Memoir and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He teaches at DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


  • When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers (Bloomsbury)
  • The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth (Bloomsbury)
  • Kvetch As Kvetch Can: Jewish Cartoons (Potter Style)

Awards and Honors

  • Bernard J. Bromel Award

Photo of Ken Krimstein is by Art Shay.