Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq Available for Preorder Now!

Baddawi Cover

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting advance orders for our stunning debut graphic novel Baddawi by the talented Leila Abdelrazaq. Renowned Palestinian artist Samia Halaby calls the book “a substantial accomplishment, a serious story in comic-book form containing magnificent drawing by a young artist of promise.” Baddawi launches April 7 and preorders from our website will be fulfilled in late March. Order now to receive free shipping to U.S. mailing addresses with coupon-code “PreorderUS”.

Baddawi follows a Palestinian boy named Ahmad growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp during the tumultuous period of the 1960s and ‘70s, depicting his youthful antics and dreams for the future even as civil war threatens. In the words of Molly Crabapple, illustrator, and author of Drawing Blood:

In Baddawi, Leila Abdelrazaq tells a coming of age story that is funny, angry and deeply human. The bold blacks of her drawing remind one of Marjane Satrapi, or the legendary French artist David B. But she transforms the style, infusing it with design elements from Palestinian embroidery. Baddawi is the story of her father's childhood…[it] is also the story of hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians.

Toufic El-Rassi, author of the graphic novel Arab in America, describes Baddawi as “heartfelt and poignant.…a vital read.” Preorder your copy today and stay tuned to our events calendar as the publication date nears. The book tour will launch in Chicago on April 8, and Leila Abdelrazaq will be speaking on the U.S. East Coast mid-to-late April. If you are interested in hosting her for a book event please contact us at

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Sneak peek: Our graphic novel "Baddawi", forthcoming early April!

We're psyched that our Spring 2015 list will include our first graphic novel-- Baddawi, from the amazingly talented pen of Palestinian-American college student Leila Abdelrazaq. We recently received the front-cover art from Abdelrazaq-- shown at right. Baddawi is a charmingly told and beautifully illustrated collection of stories about the childhood and youth of a Palestinian refugee [...]

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