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Our Most Recent Book Club

Threads from the Refugee Crisis by Kate Evans

“Gripping and beautiful … Comics journalism at its finest.” —Alison Bechdel

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Tom’s Book Club just featured Kate Evan’s Threads: From the Refugee Crisis. Kate talked with Tom and our Comics Editor Andy Hoberek on a variety of topics including the power in “asking stupid questions,” the advantages of graphic novels over film, navigating trauma, and privilege in a taped interview available now. Thanks again to everyone for their questions, for Verso’s support, and Kate’s participation. Feel free to continue the conversation on the Facebook Page and if you have any questions about this book club or any of our other book clubs, send us an email at


In the French port town of Calais, the historic home of the lace industry, a city within a city has arisen. This new town, known as the Jungle, is the home of thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, all hoping, somehow, to get to the UK. Into this squalid shantytown of shipping containers and tents, full of rats and trash and devoid of toilets and safety, the artist Kate Evans brought a sketchbook and an open mind. Combining the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of comic-book storytelling, Evans has produced this unforgettable book, filled with poignant images—by turns shocking, angering, wry, and heartbreaking.

Weaving into the story hostile comments about the migrants from nativist politicians and Internet trolls, Threads addresses one of the most pressing issues of modern times—making a compelling case, through intimate evidence, for compassionate treatment of refugees and the free movement of peoples. Evans’s creativity and passion as an artist, activist, and mother shine through.


KATE EVANS is a radical cartoonist, artist, author 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.