Monthly Archives: April 2018

NYRB: ‘The Fatal Conscience’: Julia de Burgos, Puerto Rico’s Greatest Poet

New article out about Julia de Burgos in today’s New York Review Daily.


Puerto Rico’s most famous poet and greatest literary figure, De Burgos is as significant a cultural icon for the island commonwealth as the artist Frida Kahlo is for Mexico. Every line of De Burgos’s verse is imbued with passion, feminist self-assertion, and love of homeland. As with many female artists, De Burgos’s life story added to her legend, though her romantic life and untimely death threatened to overshadow her work by turning her into an allegorical figure for the patria’s humiliations. Yet, outside of Puerto Rican communities, she is largely unknown despite the fact that her poetry, while firmly rooted in place, addresses the universal human subjects of love, war, and self-creation.

Full article here:


Brothers of the Gun Book Tour

Brothers of the Gun as 82 illustrations, the same number as Goya’s Disasters of War

This spring, Molly and Marwan will be touring physically and by video link to meet readers of Brothers of the Gun, the book they created together that One World/Penguin Random House will publish on May 15.


May 15:

 Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Public Library will host a conversation with Molly (in-person) and Marwan (joining by video link), and Sinan Antoon. There will also be an accompanying art exhibition, Syria in Ink, opening that night. Free, with reservations requested.


Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch – 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

May 17:

Los Angeles, California

Molly will talk about “Creating Beauty to Resist” with Ece Temelkuran at UCLA’s International Institute at 2pm,

Later this day Molly will talk at the Last Bookstore with Los Angeles Times journalist Matt Pearce at 7:30pm (seats can be reserved).

Last Bookstore RSVP:

UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies – 10383 Bunche Hall
The Last Bookstore – 453 S Spring St. Los Angeles, CA

May 18:

San Francisco, California

Molly will appear in person for a conversation with Marwan, joining by video link, at the Bindery, the Booksmith’s new event space, at 7:30pm.


The Bindery – 1727 Haight St. San Francisco, CA

May 20:

Portland, Oregon

Molly will be in conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan and The Misfit’s Manifesto, at Powell’s (main location), at 7:30pm.

Powell’s City of Books – 1005 W Burnside St. Portland, OR.

May 21:

Seattle, Washington

Molly will appear in person for a conversation with Marwan, joining by video link, at Elliott Bay Book Company, at 7:00pm.


The Elliot Bay Book Company – 1521 10th Ave. Seattle, WA

May 24:

New York, New York

Molly will be in conversation with Alexis Okeowo, winner of the PEN Open Book Award, at the Strand, as part of PEN’s Out Loud event series, at 7:00pm (admission details are here).

Buy Tickets:

Strand Bookstore – 828 Broadway, New York, NY

May 25:

Washington D.C.

Molly will be in conversation with Latoya Peterson at East City Bookshop, at 6:30pm and reservations are requested.


East City Bookshop – 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington DC

May 29:

London, UK

Molly will appear in person for a conversation with Marwan, joining by video link, and Paul Mason at the Human Rights Action Center at 18:30.


Human Rights Action Center – 17-25 New Inn Yard, London

May 31:

Paris, France

Molly will appear in person for a conversation with Adam Biles. Marwan will be joining by video link at Shakespeare and Co. at 7:00 pm.


Shakespeare & co. – 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, Paris, France

June 12:

Boston, Massachusets.

Molly will appear in conversation with Jonathan Guyer at Harvard Book Store at 7:00 pm.



1256 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 

Bookstores hosting events will have specially signed bookplates by Marwan (limited quantities, while they last), and Molly will be signing copies as well–– to order a signed copy, contact the bookstore directly before the event.


How Turkey’s Campaign in Afrin Is Stoking Syrian Hatreds

Molly has a new article out in the NYRB on the current state of life in Afrin, Syria.

photo- Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

To be a Kurd in Afrin, once a majority Kurdish city, Mohammed says, is now to find oneself a member of a despised group, suspected of disloyalty, and liable to be robbed, beaten, put to flight, or worse. In its seventh year, the Syrian civil war has seen the warring parties and their foreign sponsors foster and exploit ethnic and sectarian divisions in order to realize their strategic ends. The looting and ethnic cleansing of Afrin by Turkish-backed militias is the latest ugly episode of this grim and cynical logic.

Full article here:

New Murals in Puerto Rico

Last week Molly returned to Puerto Rico to continue her work speaking to those affected and documenting the rebuilding efforts. She also installed two new wheatpaste murals  just outside of the town of Mariana. 

Portrait of some of the local men playing dominoes.



Cafeteria workers

The Reviews Are Coming In!

We’re excited to share the first few of what we hope will be many positive reviews come in this week for Brothers of the Gun. Book officially drops May 15th. Stay tuned here for a tour schedule

Syrian refugees hiding from Turkish border guards near Afrin, northern Syria, June 2015


Their initial pieces were published in Vanity Fair. It was, as he puts it, an “art crime” for which he would probably have been executed had he been discovered by ISIS. A body hanging from a lamppost, a small child with an enormous rifle, people running down a rubble-strewn street—such images rendered beautiful by the pen are disturbing. Crabapple used vibrant, sometimes lurid color in the original magazine pieces, but the black-and-white illustrations in the book, carefully blotched and smudged, invite more thought, not least the cover illustration of a violinist playing an instrument that, on closer inspection, turns out to be a Kalashnikov.  -Lindsey Hilsum, NYRB 4/19/18

Full review here.


Along with Crabapple’s haunting images, the author’s words offer both an elegy for what has been lost and an angry plea for all that remains. This is memoir at its most powerful, ensuring that we cannot forget lives we never knew.— Colleen Mondor

Full review here.


As he recounts the events leading to the increasing repression on the part of the Assad regime and the eventual descent of Syria into civil conflict, Hisham writes with a wryly observant eye for telling remarks. If the customary cry of faithful warriors was that God is great, then the quietly subversive retort of a Raqqawi graffiti artist makes for a fine rejoinder: “Tomorrow is better.” Tomorrow is a rare commodity in Hisham’s fast-moving account, which is enhanced by Crabapple’s powerful ink drawings.

Full review here.

psssstt: have we convinced you yet that the book is absolutely amazing!? It really is an incredible read filled with gorgeous art. You can already pre-order your copy at your local bookstore or amazon or b&n.

Art show at Trump Tower NYC

Molly has joined twelve other artists in collaborating with the art collective INDECLINE to do an art installation and performance piece in Trump Tower NYC. INDECLINE came to notoriety in late 2016 after installing nude and excruciatingly anatomically accurate statues of Trump in cities across America.

Their statement about this exhibit:

On March 29th, #INDECLINE checked into a suite at the Trump International Hotel in New York City. Over the course of 24 hours, the collective clandestinely erected an unauthorized, large-scale art installation entitled, “The People’s Prison”. In addition to the installation, 13 American artists were chosen to paint portraits on American Flags, each one representing a different iconic freedom fighter or activist. Select media outlets were invited to attend and report on the private unveiling. This project celebrates America’s long and vibrant history of political activism, poetic dissidence and radical thinking and serves as a call to all artists to engage in direct action against President Trump, his administration and their fanatical followers. The installation will be recreated at Gallery 30 South in Pasade



Art Newspaper Article on the staging:

edit: Art Forum Article: