Hey, Julie: What are your top
5 vacation spots and why?
1. Prague – Though I had barely two nickels to rub together, in 1996, I moved from NYC to Prague. At that time, one could live cheaply, and do their art relatively free of money worries. I did that for four years. Any time I scrape some money together, I go back – for the intensely beautiful architecture, for the history, and to visit friends who live there.
2. Portland – Any city that encourages composting, even in their fast food restaurants, has my vote. Plus, my older sister lives there and we love to visit the Columbia Gorge and the waterfalls.
3. Canada – From Prague, we moved to Montreal. It’s the cheaper alternative to visiting Europe – people speak French, it’s steeped in history, and it’s beautiful.
4. Italy – My other sister lived there, so I had the chance to visit and I especially remember Florence, the marvel of age, the Baroque art and architecture of the city, the funky nightclubs. Always, I travel on a shoestring, staying at hostels and using Airbnb.
5. California – driving up Highway 1, along the coast of the Pacific, and then visiting the Redwoods, was a trip I will never forget.
Ror lives to draw—to her, it’s like breathing; it’s how she understands life. Raised on a Staten Island commune, she’s never attended a day of school, and knows little of the outside world. When her paranoid father burns down the commune with himself inside, Ror, her mother, and sister end up in a homeless residence in Manhattan. There, she runs into trouble—and love—with Trey, the leader of Noise Ink, a graffiti crew.
On the city’s streets, and in its museums and galleries, Ror finds herself pulled in different directions. Her father wanted her to make classic art. Noise Ink insists she stay within their lines. Her art teacher urges her to go to college. But what does she want? Ror’s soul-searching—expressed in remarkable drawings and sharp-edged prose, set in the gritty Manhattan of 1984—is cinematic in its scope, and its seamless blend of text and art makes Into the Dangerous World a groundbreaking event in young adult fiction.
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Bio: Julie Chibbaro was born into a family of artists, and also married one. She grew up in NYC during the explosion of graffiti art. She has written two historical novels, Redemption, which won the American Book Award, and Deadly, which won the National Jewish Book Award. JM Superville Sovak is half-Trini, half-Czech, half-Canadian. His fourth half is spent making art, for which he earned his M.F.A. from Bard College in NY.