Another Story Bookshop presents the Toronto book launch for Threads: From the Refugee Crisis by Kate Evans, Verso Books
A heartbreaking, full-color graphic novel of the refugee drama
In the French port town of Calais, famous for its historic lace industry, a city within a city arose. This new town, known as the Jungle, was home to thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, all hoping, somehow, to get to the UK. Into this squalid shantytown of shipping containers and tents, full of rats and trash and devoid of toilets and safety, the artist Kate Evans brought a sketchbook and an open mind. Combining the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of comic-book storytelling, Evans has produced this unforgettable book, filled with poignant images—by turns shocking, infuriating, wry, and heartbreaking.
“Through Kate Evans’s firsthand report from the Calais Jungle we meet the refugees, get a vivid look at their living conditions, and witness the impressive resourcefulness of the volunteer operation that sprang up to help. Evans transforms the human ‘flood’ into shimmering droplets as she works and eats with the refugees, getting to know them as individuals, forging intimate connections while sketching their portraits. Evans both captures the wrenching reality of a seemingly intractable problem and makes an eloquent argument for its solution: open borders.”
—Alison Bechdel, author of Are You My Mother? and Fun Home
Co-sponsored by Amnesty International - Toronto, Centre for Refugee Studies - York University, Romero House and Faculty of Art, OCADU
Wednesday, September 20th @ 6pm, OCAD U Learning Zone
122 St. Patrick St (Level 1), also accessible from 113 McCaul St - directly across the main OCAD University campus
Free - all welcome. For more info please call 416-462-1104
Kate Evans' book launch will be followed by a reception, book signing and conversation with Joe Sacco, as part of the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival.