Three Ignatz Awards for LAURA DEAN!

Hats off to Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second) by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell for winning three Ignatz Awards at SPX 2019 last weekend!   It won both for “Outstanding Story” and “Outstanding Graphic Novel” and illustrator Valero-O’Connell won the award for “Outstanding Artist”.

Boochani Appointed Visiting Professor

Behrouz Boochani, whose NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS has won numerous awards and been published in both Europe and North America, as well as in Australia, has been given a three-year appointment as a  visiting professor at the Birkbeck School of Law of the Univerity of London. (As he is still detained in Papua New…

A STUCK RUBBER BABY 25th Anniversary Edition Is Coming in 2020!

In May 2020, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its first publication, First Second will re-publish Howard Cruse’s award-winning STUCK RUBBER BABY. There will be a new cover, plus additional front- and back-matter to make this a must-have edition. Howard Cruse’s career as an underground cartoonist was launched during the 1970s, and in 1980 he…

Behrouz Is Off Manus!

News about NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS author Behrouz Boochani. As of 2 September 2019, Behrouz is off Manus Island and being held on Port Moresby. His agent, Jane Novak, says: “We expect that the detention centre/prison camp will be closed within a week or two with all remaining men being transferred to Port Moresby….

The Trailer for THE UNLISTED Is Here!

The thrilling new YA series from Hachette Australia, THE UNLISTED, launches in Australia on ABC this autumn and in the rest of the world on Netflix in 2020. Watch the  trailer here. Translation rights to the books are still free for Brazil, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain so contact us for the PDFs.    

The Complete NIL Trilogy in One Volume!

A book club edition of the French translation of Lynne Matson’s NIL trilogy has now been published in a single volume by Editions de Noyelles. At 1400+ pages and weighing in at almost 1.4 kilos, it’s a biggie! And a thrilling read, too! Tell me. How DO you escape from an island that doesn’t exist?


Jon J Muth’s adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, THE SEVENTH VOYAGE, is coming out on 1 October in the Graphix list from Scholastic. Neil Gaiman calls it ” An extremely funny, beautifully paced story of timey-wimey disaster and attempted rescue –  and the perils of interaction with that most terrible of people –…

TOO MUCH LIP Wins the Miles Franklin!

Melissa Lucashenko’s powerful novel TOO MUCH LIP has won Australia’s prestigious Miles Franklin Prize. Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Melissa!  

Nice French Review of P.T.S.D.

Parlez-vous le P.T.S.D. ? par Nicolas Finet Il y a longtemps que j’ai cet auteur-là dans mon horizon. Dès ses premiers pas naguère dans King David chez KSTR (j’ignore s’il assume ou pas cet album maintenant un peu ancien réalisé en collaboration, et qui n’en reste pas moins d’excellente facture), à l’époque où la production de…

Yet Another Prize for Boochani!

Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS has won the State Library of New South Wales’ 2019 National Biography Award! The award, worth AU$ 25,000, was announced on 12 August. The judges praised NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS for its ‘poetic and epic writing’, calling it ‘profoundly important, an astonishing act of witness and testament…