On The Books: A Graphic Tale of Working Woes at NYC’s Strand Bookstore

2014 DEBUT On The Books: A Graphic Tale of Working Woes at NYC’s Strand Bookstore
Book Author(s) Greg Farrell
Publisher Microcosm Publishing
Book List Price $11.95
All-Ages Appropriate No
Web site http://microcosmpublishing.com/


On the Books is the first hand comic strip account of the labor struggle at New York City’s
legendary Strand bookstore in the summer of 2012. Told by Greg Farrell—an employee of the store who interviewed numerous other staff members—the book examines the motives and actions of those involved, including the management, the staff, the union local, and the people of
New York City. Through interstitial comic portraits, Farrell gives voice to his comrades, who often share a nuance of the story that would have otherwise gone overlooked, and provide a depth of opinion and fairness to accompany Farrell’s often very personal interpretation of events. The book explores at once the inner workings of our national retail environment, the struggles as a young working person, and the current state of the book trade.

“A fine addition to the great history
of comics and labor”
—Tom Hart,
Hutch Owen

“A revealing look at the inner dynamics
of a labor struggle, this comic is
valuable not only as an engaging story,
but also as a historical record of a
particular event, and in addition, an
insightful look at a dynamic playing
itself out on a global scale.”
—Stephanie McMillan, Robert
F Kennedy journalism award winner

ISBN: 9781621060109
Published: October 2014
Format: Paperback, 6×9”, 128 Pages
Subjects: Graphic Novel / Political Science
Price: $11.95 U.S.