Threads: From the Refugee Crisis

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8.5 X 0.8 X 11.0 inches | 1.8 pounds
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About the Author

Kate Evans is a cartoonist, artist, and activist. She is the author of numerous books and zines, including Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg; Bump: How to Make, Grow and Birth a Baby; and Funny Weather: Everything You Didn't Want to Know about Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out. She was awarded the John C. Laurence Award in 2016.


"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

"It's impossible to read Threads without feeling an emotional response, from outrage to tenderness to deep frustration."
--James Yeh, Vice

"Threads is helpful, and even necessary: as existentialists like Camus and Sartre pointed out, we really feel compassion and empathy when we see the suffering of others. Which makes visual-oriented journalism, like this 'comics journalism' so powerful: we 'see' the people Evans saw and met."
--John Yohe, Comics Bulletin

"This colorful, large format graphic novel, which Verso is publishing in June, takes readers into the heart of the jungle; the troubled, overcrowded refugee camp in Calais, France, that was home to many African and Middle Eastern refugees until it was evacuated in 2016. British cartoon-artist Kate Evans fashions a moving, visceral record of the families and conversations she witnessed there, which she juxtaposes with images of anti-immigrant rhetoric displayed on cell phones."
--Eleanor Sheehan, PopSugar

"A moving first-person account of a volunteer in the refugee camp at Calais, France."
--Publishers Weekly

"[Threads] focuses on a specific place and individual experiences, but they form a universal composite of suffering that has been met with varying degrees of sympathy, panic and fatigue from 'host' societies in Europe and North America ... Evans challenges the idea of where we consider the legitimate crossing of boundaries to begin: Migritude is the way of the world today, it can be resisted or embraced, but regardless, it is part of us."
--Michelle Chen, Culturestrike

"With a heavy heart and bearing artistic gifts, Kate Evans draws the faces of refugees coming from Syria, Africa, and elsewhere to 'The Jungle, ' a makeshift camp in Calais, France, and in doing so Evans captures the refugees' full humanity, intelligence, and suffering as they search for family, home, and dignity. An antidote to the anti-immigrant populism that is raging across the world, Threads is the real story that puts a human face on a very topical news item."
--Book Riot

"Evans' latest graphic novel recounts her time volunteering at one of the many refugee camps that have sprung up along the French coastline to house Africans and Middle Easterners who have fled their home countries. Using her talents as an artist to draw portraits of the camp's inhabitants, Evans gets to know some of them and their stories ... [Threads] has an agenda, but it's an important one, and Evans' account of the refugee crisis is moving nonetheless."
--Eva Volin, Booklist

"Emphasizes the power of comics journalism to not simply depict, but to interpretively transform."

"Evans's raw, bright drawings of dark outcomes will attract anyone interested in the international refugee crisis, as she allows us to walk briefly in her--and their--shoes."

--Martha Cornog, Library Journal

"Artist-activist Evans immediately announces, 'Everything you are about to read really happened.' Calais, France, is the site of 'the Jungle, ' where thousands of international refugees comprise a 'microcosmic Disunited Nations.' During Evans' 2015-2016 volunteer trips, she recorded the increasingly dangerous conditions, the paralyzing waiting, and the disappearing resources; beyond the Jungle, she exposed the rising European hostitility toward refugees. Evans' visual layout is especially affecting: as she edges and divides pages with the local lace for which Calis is famous, juxtaposing its beauty agains real-life Jungle horrors."
--Terry Hong, Booklist