Over the weekend, the New York Times Book Review and the Los Angeles Times reviewed Don Brown’s new graphic novel Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this companion to The Great American Dust Bowl combines lively drawings and authoritative memoir in graphic novel form to recount one of the most destructive and devastating natural disasters in our American history.
“This book could almost make its point on the powerful illustrations alone, but Brown’s precise language secures the historical details in an unforgettable way,” says the New York Times. “Drowned City delivers a brave treatment of important and uncomfortable details.” Read the full review here.
Don Brown will visit Octavia Books in New Orleans on Sunday, August 23rd at 2 PM for an author talk and book signing. If you’re in the area, stop by and meet Don!
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. Ten years later, the city is still rebuilding. Because of that, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.
Below is a sneak peak inside of some of the amazing art from inside the book:
* “An excellent chronicle of the tragedy for a broad audience; children, teens, and adults will all be moved.” —Kirkus, starred review
* “Lively, dynamic sketching gives the artwork a sense of urgency and immediacy. It is as important to tell the story of a nation’s failures as it is to record its triumphs, and this is a crucial contribution.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* “Emotionally resonant, this outstanding title will appeal to graphic novel and nonfiction readers alike.” —Booklist, starred review
* “This astonishingly powerful look at one of America’s worst disasters is a masterful blend of story and art.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
* “If a book’s power were measured like a storm’s, this would be category five.” —Horn Book Magazine, starred review