Florence, Dante and Me

In the early 1960s, when all things European were hip, a UBC student went to Italy for a year to study Dante. His letters home are the subject of a new book. Review by Beverly Cramp. FULL STORY

Cairo friendship amid chaos

September 07th, 2017

Coleman Nye, as an assistant professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at SFU, has co-authored an unusual graphic novel, Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution (UTP $24.95). Co-written with University of California associate professor Sherine Hamdy, it’s unusual because it’s the first book in the University of Toronto Press ethnoGRAPHIC series that explores ethnographic research in graphic novel form–not the sort of thing academic presses are known to do.

With art by Sarula Bao and Caroline Brewer, this fictional story incorporates anthropological research in a comic book format to foster greater understanding of global politics, inequalities, and social life. It conveys an unforeseen friendship between two young women in Cairo; one is dealing with kidney failure and organ transplantation in Egypt, and the other is concerned with breast cancer genetics and prevention in the US. Anna is the daughter of an American couple working in Cairo. Layla is the daughter of the doorman in Anna’s apartment building. While their family problems cannot be ignored, there is revolutionary unrest in the streets. 978-1-4875-9347-6

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • About Us

    BC BookLook is an independent website dedicated to continuously promoting the literary culture of British Columbia.