What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Rémi Courgeon

h1 August 18th, 2017 by jules

“‘Swing that rope!’ yelled Feather’s coach. … Suddenly, he understood that Feather was no wimp. The girl could hit hard, especially with her left. And in boxing,
being a southpaw gives you a rare advantage. Feather’s training had begun.”


This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got two Japanese imports and two sets of breasts. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Rémi Courgeon’s Feather (Enchanted Lion, September 2017), originally published in 2012. I’m following up with some art from the book today. Enjoy!


“Sergei, Feather’s dad, drove a taxi. He worked ten hours every night, rain or shine.
Back in Russia, he had been a miner. He always had dark circles under his eyes.
He said it was coal dust. But Feather could see how tired he really was.”


“Though the only girl in this family of boys, Feather was far from spoiled. They fought each other to decide who would do the chores and Feather usually lost. So she ended up doing the laundry and the ironing, instead of what she enjoyed the most:
playing the piano.”


“Feather, to build herself up before each match, recited the names of women who had bravely made a place for themselves in the world: Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Nellie Bly, Anna Lee Fisher, Sally Ride … She always ended with Nina Simone,
because she had played the piano, too.”

(Click first image to see spread in its entirety)


“The day before the match, Feather decided not to train at all.
Instead, since the apartment was empty, she calmed herself by playing the piano.”

(Click to enlarge spread)


“… Feather pulled on her right glove. There was something inside.”



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FEATHER. Originally published in French as BRINDILLE. Copyright © Editions Milan, 2012. First English-language edition published in 2017 by Enchanted Lion Books. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher.

One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Rémi Courgeon”

  1. […] Feather, written and illustrated by Rémi Courgeon (published by Enchanted Lion) […]

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