With Book Week Scotland coming up soon (running from 19th to 25th of November), the Scottish Book Trust has created a poll where readers can vote for the “most rebellious read of the 21st century”.
From their description: “This Book Week Scotland, we’re searching for the most rebellious read of the 21st century. From graphic novels and inspiring anthologies to real-life stories of incredible bravery, our shortlist is full of groundbreaking, life-changing books by people who have flown in the face of convention and fought to make a difference.”
I’m delighted to see that the list of possible books you can vote for includes two graphic novels – Marjane Satrapi‘s remarkable Persepolis, a graphic biography detailing her own experiences of growing up during the brutal repression of the Iranian revolution, by turns emotional, anger-making at the injustice and with sly humour, and a very recent book, a joint publication by two Indy presses in Scotland, BHP Comics and 404 Ink, We Shall Fight Until We Win, an anthology marking a century since (some) women were given the vote, with an all-female creative team picking different women who had an impact in politics from across that century and celebrating their impact (you can read our review here).
Votes must be in by the 21st of November, so please do give our comics friends some love and support – you can check the list and cast your vote here
Joe has been a bookseller since the early 1990s, with a special love for comics, graphic novels and science fiction. He has written for The Alien Online, created & edited the Forbidden Planet Blog and chaired numerous events for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He’s more or less house-trained.