Cupcake alumna (July '03) Phoebe Gloeckner, author of one of the best books ever, has signed on to collaborate on a book documenting the unsolved murders of scores of young women in the maquiladora town of Ciudad Juarez:

A few of the artists working on Juárez-related projects are looking for innovative ways to address the killings from a nuanced, informed perspective while avoiding slasher-movie clichés and pulp-fiction conventions. Among the more unusual and anticipated works is a book being put together by actress Mia Kirshner (of Showtime's "The L Word") that will combine writings, photographs and other personal contributions from members of Juárez victims' families with text and illustrations reminiscent of the style of a graphic novel. The book will be issued in 2006 and also will include chapters on female refugees in the Russian republic of Ingushetia and along the Thailand-Myanmar border.


Artist Phoebe Gloeckner, who traveled with Kirshner to Ciudad Juárez last fall, says the book will avoid a linear narrative and attempt to relate "this kind of disjointed tale of confusion and horror and loss."

More: Time to Shout [LA Times]


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