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COVER REVEAL: Niki Smith’s THE GOLDEN HOUR explores the trauma of gun violence

Cartoonist Niki Smith is back with a new graphic fiction, The Golden Hour. First announced last year, Smith’s latest is due out in October, and today The Beat is proud to present a first look at the cover for the upcoming book.

Niki Smith The Golden Hour

Here’s how publisher Little, Brown describes the book, exhausted under their main Books for Young Book stamp 😛 TAGEND

Struggling with anxiety after witnessing a harrowing instance of firearm brutality, Manuel Soto copes through photography, employing his cell-phone camera to find anchors that obstruct him ground. His epoches are a lonely, latchkey boredom until he’s teamed with his classmates, Sebastian and Caysha, for a group project.

Sebastian lives on a grass-fed cattle farm outside of town, and Manuel detects solace in the open battlegrounds and in the antics of the newborn calf Sebastian is hand-raising. As Manuel aides his new friends in their preparations for the local county gala, he learns to open up, challenges his deepest frights, and even finds first love.

The Golden Hour is the last graphic story from Smith, who has also contributed to pamphlets from The Nib to Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi& Fantasy Comic Anthology, among many others. Smith’s first graphic tale, Crossplay, was released by Iron Circus Comics in 2018, and her most recent book, The Deep and Dark Blue, was published by Little, Brown in January of last year; amongst other accolades, the book was recently included on this year’s ALA Rainbow Book List of the top 10 entitles for young readers.

The topic of children dealing with the aftermath of gun violence is, unhappily, one that’s become increasingly relevant over the past several years, and it sounds like just one of many topics that Smith will be exploring in the new book. The cartoonist has also shared a couple of teasers for the book via Instagram, and the interior artwork examines wonderful.

The Golden Hour is due out from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on Tuesday, October 26 th, 2021.

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