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I Live Here

ISBN-10: 0375424784
ISBN-13: 9780375424786
Edition: 2008
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Description: I Live Hereis a paper documentaryan intimate journey to humanitarian crises in four corners of the world: war in Chechnya, ethnic cleansing in Burma, globalization in Mexico, and AIDS in Malawi. ~THE BOOK~ I Live Hereis a visually stunning narrative  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.256

I Live Hereis a paper documentaryan intimate journey to humanitarian crises in four corners of the world: war in Chechnya, ethnic cleansing in Burma, globalization in Mexico, and AIDS in Malawi. ~THE BOOK~ I Live Hereis a visually stunning narrative told through journals, stories, images, and graphic novellas in which the lives of refugees and displaced people become at once personal and global. Bearing witness to stories that are too often overlooked, it is a raw and intimate journey to crises in four corners of the world: war in Chechnya, ethnic cleansing in Burma, globalization in Mexico, and AIDS in Malawi. The voiceswe encounterare those of displaced women and children, in their own words or in stories told in text and images by noted writers and artists. The stories unfold in an avalanche: An orphan goes to jail for stealing leftovers. A teenage girl falls in love in a city of disappeared women. A child soldier escapes his army only to be saved by the people he was taught to kill. Mia Kirshner's journals guide us through a unique paper documentary brought vividly to life in collaboration with J.B. MacKinnon, Paul Shoebridge, and Michael Simons, with featured works by Joe Sacco, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chris Abani, Karen Connelly, Kamel Khelif, and many others. ~THE JOURNEYS ~ Ingushetia The border of the Russian republic of Ingushetia is not even fifty miles from Grozny, the capital city of Chechnya. Today, some 15,000 Chechen refugees live in Ingushetia. Mia Kirshner and Joe Sacco traveled here together, returning with first-person accounts, video, photographs, and other materials gathered in Nazran and Moscow. The chapter includes journals by Mia Kirshner, the story of a young refugee as told by J.B. MacKinnon, the story of a young piano virtuoso as told by Ann-Marie Macdonald, and a graphic novella of Chechen refugees by Joe Sacco. Burma Ethnic cleansing by the Burmese military has displaced an estimated 500,000 to 1 million people; over 100,000 live in refugee camps along the Thailand-Burma border. Burma is also believed to be home to more child soldiers than any other country in the world. Mia Kirshner and Michael Simons took separate trips to the region; this chapter is based on their interviews, photos, and video, as well as writing by sex workers and Karen refugees. It includes journals by Mia Kirshner, as well as work by Chris Abani, Karen Connelly, J.B. Mackinnon, and a graphic novella by Kamel Khelif. Juarez Ciudad Juarez is a large industrial border city in Mexico across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. Since 1993, young women, many of them employees of Juarez's more than three hundredmaquiladoras, or global trade zone factories, have been disappearing from the streets. Mia Kirshner and Phoebe Gloeckner made independent journeys to this region; this book is informed by the stories and images they brought home. It includes journals, a story of one of the victims by Lauren Kirshner, and a graphic novella by Phoebe Gloeckner. Malawi Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries, and has an AIDS rate close to twenty percent. The disease touches every aspect of daily life in the African nation, introducing immense chaos, particularly in the case of orphan children. Mia Kirshner and J.B. MacKinnon made the trip to Malawi and returned with interviews, photographs, writing, and artworks. This book includes journals, a children's story by J.B. MacKinnon with art by Julie Morstad, and the stories and artwork of boys in a local prison.

~THE AUTHORS~ Mia Kirshnerhas worked as an actor in film and television; among her credits are Brian De Palma’sThe Black DahliaandThe L Word.I Live Hereis her first book. J.B. MacKinnonis the award-winning author ofDead Man in ParadiseandPlenty. Michael SimonsandPaul Shoebridgeare award-winning creative directors, most notably forAdbustersmagazine, who have conceptualized books, magazines, television spots, and major international advocacy campaigns. ~CONTRIBUTORS~ Chris Abaniis a professor at the University of California, Riverside, whose writing has earned honors including the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award. His novels and poetry collections includeSong For Night,GraceLand,andHands Washing Water. Lynn Coadyis a fiction writer and essayist; her most recent novels areMean BoyandSaints of Big Harbour. Karen Cominsis currently completing an illustrated journal of her life and natural history fieldwork in southern Africa. Karen Connellyis the author of seven books of bestselling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, includingThe Lizard CageandDream of a Thousand Lives: A Sojourn in Thailand. Phoebe Gloeckneris an artist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Her works includeThe Diary of a Teenage GirlandA Child’s Life. Kamel Khélifis a French-Algerian writer and artist whose works includeThe ExilesandHomicide. Lauren Kirshneris the author ofFun and Other Stories of Home,to be published by McClelland & Stewart in spring 2009. Ann-Marie MacDonaldis a writer and actor whose novels include the bestsellingFall On Your KneesandThe Way the Crow Flies. Julie Morstaddivides her time between drawing, illustration, animation, and design. Her recent works includeWhen You Were Small(with Sara O’Leary). Joe Saccois a renowned “cartoon journalist” whose works includeBut I Like It, Palestine,andSafe Area Gorazde. Also featuring artwork bySean Campbell, Cissors, Tara Hach, Edward Kasinje, Lackson Manyawa, Niall McLelland, Tina Medina, Tiffany Monk, Georgie Russell, Seamrippers Craft Collective, Valerie Thai,andFelix Yakobe.

Journalist and author J.B. MACKINNON coined the term "the 100 Mile Diet," and his book Plenty is widely considered a catalyst of the local foods movement. His essays on natural history have appeared in Orion, Reader's Digest, and other magazines. He is based in Vancouver, Canada.

Jim Davis was born on July 28, 1945 In Marion, Indiana. He grew up on a small farm where his father raised black angus cows and his mother raised 25 cats. At a young age, asthma forced him inside and to entertain himself, he began to draw. Not well at first, but well enough to know he liked it and could become good at it. After college, Davis went to work for an advertising agency for two years. During his two years at the agency, Davis drew a comic called "Gnorm Gnat" which ran in one newspaper. Davis was unable to sell the comic to more papers, but he continued to draw it for five years. On June 17, 1978, "Garfield" a comic about cats, began circulating in 41 newspapers. It now appears in over 2600 newspapers worldwide and is the most widely syndicated Sunday comic in the U. S.. Garfield has had dozens of bestselling books, a CBS television series and 13 prime time specials. 33 Garfield books have appeared on the New York Time's Bestsellers List, 11 hitting number 1. Seven titles appeared simultaneously on the list in 1983. Davis has won four Emmys for writing in the Outstanding Animated Program Category for "Garfield on the Town" in 1983, "Garfield in the Rough" in 1984, "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" in 1985, and "Garfield's Babes and Bullets" in 1989. The "Garfield and Friends" animated series debuted in 1988. In 1981, Davis created Paws, Inc., a watchdog company for Garfield merchandise and artwork. Also in 1981 and again in 1986, Davis was named Best Humor Strip Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society. In 1985, the NCS gave him the Elzie Segar Award for Outstanding Contribution Made to the Cartoon Industry. Davis received the prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Strip of the Year in 1989. Each of his thirteen prime time specials have been nominated for Emmys on top of the four he has won. In 1990, Davis was given the Good Steward Award by the National Arbor Day Foundation for his efforts in the reforestation of Indiana. He is also involved with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Federation's "Build a Schoolyard Habitat" campaign. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities gave Davis the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985 for dedication to higher education, and in 1991, Ball State University and Perdue University awarded Davis honorary doctorate degrees.

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