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The Divine: Southeast Asia Graphic Novel Group

November 17, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join your fellow graphic novel enthusiasts for a book discussion group, facilitated by NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

In this fall’s selection, The Divine, protagonist Mark feels desperate when his old army buddy Jason comes calling, with a lucrative military contract for a mining job in an obscure Southeast Asian country called Quanlom. They’ll have to operate under the radar―Quanlom is being torn apart by civil war, and the US military isn’t strictly supposed to be there. With no career prospects and a baby on the way, Mark finds himself making the worst mistake of his life in signing on with Jason. What awaits him in Quanlom is going to change everything: a civil war led by ten-year-old twins wielding something that looks a lot like magic, leading an army of warriors who look a lot like gods. This New York Times bestseller and the gold-medal winner of the 2016 International Manga Award is a work of fiction, but was inspired by the true story of two Burmese twins who led a guerrilla group called “God’s Army”.

In order to contextualize the novel, faculty from NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Center for Burma Studies will be on hand to provide historic details and to guide the discussion. This program is intended for adults; no registration is required.

For additional information, please contact Susan at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 3400.


November 17, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Susan Garlisch
(815) 756-9568 ext. 3400