The official launch for "Lies in the Dust: A Tale of Remorse from the Salem Witch Trials," written by Jakob Crane and illustrated by Timothy Decker, is on October 15, but advance praise for this graphic novel—about the only girl who publicly showed remorse for falsely accusing others of witchcraft—started with an August review in The Boston Globe, which calls the book, "stark and affecting."
Shortly after, Jakob Crane, who is also a talented illustrator, opened a show called "Accused" at the Fairfield Museum and History Center in Connecticut. The graphic art exhibition, which runs through January 5, 2015, tells the tale of the witch trials that took place in Connecticut, almost a half-century before the Salem trials.
Following the opening of the show, Fairfield Living Magazine, also reviewed "Lies in the Dust." Reviewer Nathan Tavares writes, "The work delves into thoughts not seen in familiar works like The Crucible. What happens when the trials are over? How does a young woman, no longer the child who helped send twenty-four people to their deaths, wrestle with her guilt?"
The momentum for the young adult novel continues with Sunday's review in The Portland Press Herald, which offered praise for Crane and Decker, calling their book "a haunting graphic novel" and describing its pages as "filled with emotion."
Up next for this talented team is an exhibit at the Winifisky Gallery at Salem State University, where they'll be showing "Lies in the Dust" Constructing a Graphic Novel" from October 6-November 5, 2014. A public reception will take place on Wednesday, October 15 at 2 p.m. Later that day, Crane and Decker will discuss the making of the novel at the Salem Witch Museum from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The two will do a brief reading, talk about their research, and answer questions about the book.
After a busy day in Salem, Crane and Decker will make their way to Portland, Maine, where they have an early morning stop at the Maine College of Art, followed by a signing at Sherman's Bookstore from 6-7:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!
For more information about reviews and events for "Lies in the Dust", visit here.