Krazy & Ignatz: The Kat Who Walked in Beauty

Even ardent experts in the cartoon science of Herrimanology will find revelations to amaze and astonish in The Kat Who Walked in Beauty. Did you know, for instance, that Krazy's daily beaning was karmic repayment for the wanton slaughter waged by feline ancestors? Under the intelligent aegis of editor Derya Ataker, this luxe volume collects for the first time the "panoramic" Krazy Kat strips from 1920 and 1921. Bookending these gems are, up front, the earliest 1911 appearances of Krazy and his/her brick-tossing nemesis, Ignatz; and, at rear, the program book from the 1922 jazz ballet inspired by K&I.

Herriman's nimble and surreal vaudeville show plays as brightly today as it did a century ago, influencing such artists as Patrick McDonnell, Tony Millionaire, Bill Watterson, Robert Crumb, and Jim Woodring. To quote Krazy: "I could look on thou forever in reptcha."

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).