We’re halfway through August, and that means it is time for Weekend Reading 21!
We hope everyone’s staying cool and safe inside. Remember: the safest place to be is lost in a good book! What are you reading this weekend?
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend I’ll be reading Nobody’s Fool, Bill Griffith’s biography of Schlitzie the Pinhead. Then, I just can’t get enough numerology, so as far as prose goes, I’ve got to read Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir to find out what happens to my favorite numerically-powered necromancer next.
AJ FROST: I’ve been eyeing the “Constitution Illustrated,” a superb little volume from master cartoonist R. Sikoryak. In these uncertain political times, going back to basics and re-reading the Constitution is a pick me up. The most interesting thing about Sikoryak’s interpretation of the Constitution is that each section is represented by a different style/character, from Hellboy to Scrooge McDuck, to X-Men, Nancy, and more. It’s a fascinating book that is perfect for the election ahead of us.
PHILIPPE LEBLANC: August 12 marks a special initiative among French-Canadian booksellers, it’s the “buy a book from Quebec” day, where people are invited to buy books from Quebec authors. It applies to comics as well. I’ll be reading the new graphic novel published by Pow Pow Press C’est comme ça que je disparais by Mirion Malle and La Vingt by Audrey Beaulé.
RICARDO SERRANO: I apparently missed out on the news that Joe Sacco had a new book out. Completely my fault. That said, it was a pleasant surprise findining the new comics section. Sacco trades in war for Native struggles in the Canadian Northern Territories. Focusing on the Dene, he explores the consequences of natural resource mining and how the world’s dependence on them comes at the cost of Native life and culture. I’m sure it’s a heavy read, but Sacco has a way of making you care about each new bit of information. Reminds me of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations food/travel show but with a more political and urgent view. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend his book Palestine for its comprehensive view of the sovereign state’s people and the consequences they suffer in war.
TAIMUR DAR: As I’ve mentioned before, Ninja Turtles was a formative part of my childhood. The 2003 cartoon had some great adaptations of the original Mirage stories but I’ve only perused those classic comics. My LCS had a graphic novel sale so I’ll be reading the original Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird stories in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 as well as the anthology series Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Omnibus Vol. 1.