Behrouz Boochani Granted Refugee Status in New Zealand!

Kurdish-Iranian journalist and author Behrouz Boochani, whose bestselling NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS shone a light on the atrocious conditions of refugees held by the Australian government in the offshore detention centres on Manus, Naru, and Christmas islands, has finally been granted refugee status by New Zealand. Writing via text messages on a smuggled-in mobile…

London Book Fair Cancelled!

Finally! The London Book Fair has been cancelled (as they should have done last week) after most of the major publishers had decided not to participate.  

A Wise Suggestion for Covid-19 Times

The Paris Book Fair has been cancelled and the Bologna fair rescheduled, but the London Book Fair’s organisers say “business as usual”? Despite participants cancelling right and left? It’s crazy! Here is what the Italian publishers Grouppo editoriale Mauri Spagnol have to say about their participation in book fairs and festivals in these times. Makes…

Happy Anniversary!

First Second Books are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year by publishing more wonderful graphic novels.         And we look forward to many more in the years to come!

THE SCULPTOR Is Nominated!

The French edition of Scott McCloud’s THE SCULPTOR is  nominated for The Fnac Prize, along with 30 others titles. This is a public prize, and the winner will be the book that gets the most votes. Fnac accounts for 20% of French comics market, and the winning book will have a big focus during all 2016 and…

France Is in Mourning

Once is too often. Twice in ten months is impossible to support. As a sign of respect for the victims of Friday night’s barbaric attacks, most of whom were at the sites of the Bataclan on Boulevard Voltaire and at the Café La Belle Equipe on Rue de Charonne, both of which are within a…

First Second is at the San Diego Comic-Con!

First Second will be in San Diego from the 8th to the 12th of July for the annual Comic-Con event, and four of their titles are nominated for the prestigious Eisner Awards: THE ZOO BOX by Aron Steinke and Ariel Cohn    THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew THE WRENCHIES by Farel Dalrymple …


The Canadian agency, The Rights Factory, has appointed the Agency to represent their Children’s/YA list in France and the Netherlands, so we will be talking about their titles in Frankfurt. And they have some great ones!

Congratulations, Steven!

Congratulations and our very best wishes to agent Steven Chudney and his partner, Ralph, who are getting married later this month. It’s great to have some good news to post today!