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For Those Who Speculate: Octavia Butler and Other Fiction from Worlds Beyond

We're re-issuing the late, great Octavia Butler's twin masterpieces The Parable of the Talents and The Parable of the Sower! Check them out, along with other great speculative fiction titles below.

blog — March 21

Vanessa Davis Wins the Paris Review's Terry Southern Prize

You’re likely familiar with the work of R. Crumb and Roz Chast (what’s with great comics artists and monosyllables?) but how about Vanessa Davis? If you’ve been sleeping on her, now’s the time to wake up. She just won the Paris Review’s prestigious Terry Southern Prize—recognizing her “humor, wit, and sprezzatura”—for her series “Summer Hours” in the Paris Review Daily. Previous winners include Elif Batuman and Ben Lerner—so she’s in good company.

Not only that, but Davis’s pioneering 2005 graphic novel Spaniel Rage is being reissued by Montreal comics publishing powerhouse Drawn & Quarterly. Before we all became bloggers and tweeters and instagrammers, chronicling the minutiae of our mundane, precarious existences, Davis’s autobiographical work did so with wit and grace unlikely to be found elsewhere. “More observational than confessional,” as Drawn & Quarterly puts it, Spaniel Rage is “sexy, funny, lonely, beautiful, spare, and very smart—the finest work from a natural storyteller.” D&Q has a free excerpt online here.

You can find her award-winning comics for the Paris Review here and her work for Tablet here. Davis also illustrated Leora Tanenbaum’s Bad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them, available from your friends at Seven Stories Press. Check out a few of the illustrations below!

Noam Chomsky has offered wisdom to the world in many capacities, as a linguist, philosopher, political theorist and more. But how does Chomsky wrap his head around today's political landscape and rhetoric?
New York, NY
Celeste Bartos Forum, New York Public Library
Set in Salé, Morocco, Abdella Taïa's Infidels follows the life of Jallal, a Marilyn Monroe-obsessed pariah whose post-adolescent life takes a surprising turn.
Los Angeles, CA
LA Public Library

Behind every one of the national governments moves toward racial equality, lies the sweat and effort of boycotts, picketing, beatings, sit-ins, and mass demonstrations.