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This Week’s Hot News

Seattle, Washington NPR affiliate NUOW’s The Record interviewed Catharine Murray, author of Now You See the Sky (Akashic Books) on December 18.

Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers’s December 21 Year in Reading list for the Millions included Tracy Franz’s book My Year of Dirt and Water (Stone Bridge Press).

Yardenne Greenspan wrote an essay about her experience reading Asmaa al-Ghoul’s memoir A Rebel in Gaza (DoppelHouse Press) for Ploughshares on January 7.

Joan Diver, author of When Sprit Calls (Monkfish Book Publishing) wrote an article for Awareness Magazine’s September/October 2018 issue.

Cultura Colectiva included Trisha Low’s Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press) on a December 27 list of  “5 Beautiful Book Covers You’ll Want to Show Off While Riding the Subway.”

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

The Vagabond Valise
Siris | Conundrum Press/BDANG | 9781772620276 | October 2018
“What starts out as a comic that is likely to give you PTSD ends up as one that will much more likely inspire you, maybe even settle you.”—Comics Beat

Weegee: Serial Photographer
Max de Radigues & Wauter Mannaert | Conundrum Press | 9781772620238 | May 2018

“It’s pretty cool to see this other side of Weegee, the slightly more human side of the guy with the big camera and the bad attitude, and Mannaert’s art really brings the era and the photos to life.”—Smash Pages

Knucklehead
Adam Smyer | Akashic Books | 9781617755873 | February 2018

“Funny, astute, multidimensional Hayes, by opining on his own experience, resists being read as a stereotype. . . . Knucklehead would not be out of place on a shelf of books by Ellison, Wright, Dreiser, Fitzgerald, Updike, and other writers who have tried to capture what it means to live in America.”—Literary Chick

First We Surf, Then We Eat: Recipes from a Lifetime of Surf Travel
Jim Kempton | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551338 | September 2018

“This is a beautiful book that should belong on the coffee table or in the kitchen of every surfer, foodie, traveler and anyone with a lust for life.”—Coast News

The Discovery of Fireworks and Gunpowder
Phil Amara and Oliver Chin, illus. Juan Calle | Immedium | 9781597021425 | November 2018

“Emma and Ethan meet a talking red panda named Dao who takes them on a trip back in time to explain how gunpowder and fireworks were invented in China. The narrative begins with a story element but is primarily non-fiction, with clear but simple facts, supported by a glossary in the back. There is a little bit of chemistry as well as history that is appropriate for the intended audience. The full-color cartoon artwork is lively.”—Association of Children’s Librarians, Bayviews, December 2018

A House in the Jungle
Nathan Gelgud | Koyama Press | 9781927668627 | October 2018

“Gelgud’s most intriguing oddities occur at a deeper meta-level. A House in the Jungle isn’t just a story—it’s a comics story exploring the comics form that contains it.”—PopMatters

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The Horseman’s Song
Ben Pastor | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242115 | March 2019

“An expertly crafted mystery by a master of the genre, The Horseman’s Song is an especially recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.”—Midwest Book Review

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231 | October 2018

“Despite its obvious relevance to contemporary matters, the novel is not merely a critique of the present disguised as a narrative set in the past, nor are the characters simply thinly veiled excuses for pitting different political ideologies against each other; their psychologies extend far beyond the views they embody.”—Women’s Review of Books

Your Golden Sun Still Shines
Denise Sullivan | Manic D Press | 9781945665059 | October 2017

“. . . . San Francisco’s golden sun still shines even as times change. This collection shows a snapshot of a city in transition.”—KCET of Los Angeles

Sweet Little C*nt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet
Anne Elizabeth Moore | Uncivilized Books | 9781941250280 | December 2018

Though it can be theoretically dense, Moore’s great gift to scholarship on Doucet’s work and/or the history of non-cis-male comic-makers, is her focus on the details of Doucet’s comics: from her alertness to moments when a character’s foot kicks through the outline of a panel because of the foot’s enthusiasm, to all of the graphic elements that add up to a sequence being a ‘dreamoir’ (dream memoir), to the relative fragility of lettering and line weight. Moore’s attention is razor sharp and brings imagery that one may not have seen in person in many years to the forefront of our consciousness.Hyperallergic

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