“Identity is layered—you’re never a singular thing.”
Today, the American Library Association released its State of America’s Libraries Report, an annual report released during National Library Week. It’s not easy being a librarian, and it’s gotten even more difficult in the current Zeitgeist of fake news, polarization, and intolerance. Torsten AdairI’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been reading […]
The ALA has released its annual list of the most challneged books of the previous year, and as is common in recent years, several graphic novels are on this list. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jill Tamaki leads the list followed by Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Neither appearance on the list will be much of a surprise to library challenge watchers.
Frankly, we need this book.
Here we go again. A parent in Seminole County, Fla. found that her nine year old brought home This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki and thought it was way too adult for her kid and complained, and the local TV news has launched an investigation and discovered that shockingly, the book, which […]
By Nick Eskey Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian born artist of mixed Japanese and Jewish descent. In school she studied literature and writing, later on publishing the book “Cover Me,” as well as graphic novels “Skim” and “Emiko Superstar.” Her recent work is another graphic novel entitled “This One Summer.” Jillian Tamaki, Mariko’s cousin, did […]
Graphic novels have a lot more prizes than they once did, including literary awards that help validate the medium. Awards season is well upon us, and I’ve been way behind in noting some of the most important.
The Canadian cousins discuss their recent historic wins
Another win for a graphic novel as Jillian Tamaki won canada’s Governor General Award : for This One Summer in the Children’s Literature Illustrations category. This is a prestigious Canadian literary award, and its the first win for a graphic novel, although cousin Mariko Tamaki was nominated for their previous collaboration, Skim, and Mariko was […]