A 2022 Excellence in Graphic Literature finalist, a Library of Congress 2022 National Book Festival selection, and shortlisted for the Graphic Medicine Award , the anthology was selected as the VERMONT READS 2022 book of the year.
Vermont Reads is the statewide one-book reading program that brings together people over 200 Vermont towns, cities, and villages to read the same book each year and participate in a wide variety of community activities. More than 6,600 people engaged with the book, making it the most-read title in the program’s history! It’s encouraging to think these stories have reached so many people all over the state. (For teaching/discussion materials and content to engage with the book, see https://tinyurl.com/vtreads2022.)
This non-fiction comics anthology presents stories of survival and healing told by Latin American migrant farmworkers in Vermont, and drawn by New England cartoonists as part of the El Viaje Más Caro project – a health care outreach effort aimed at addressing the overlooked mental health needs of these vulnerable immigrants.
These inspiring stories grapple with issues encountered by migrant workers everywhere–isolation, separation, depression, substance abuse–even as they celebrate resilience, family, community, and the ability of each storyteller to direct their own healing narrative.
The project was originally supported by the Vermont Community Foundation Innovations and Collaborations grant and other generous donors.
Publication of the English language book was made possible by our generous backers on Kickstarter. Read about it in ODC’s 2021 Summer Newsletter (pages 6 and 7).
How would you feel if your story became a book? We talked to three of the storytellers about how it felt for them.
Art by Marek Bennett
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