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DQHQ PR: Nori by Rumi Hara in Spring 2020

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Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights to the debut graphic novel Nori from Ignatz-nominated cartoonist Rumi Hara, to be published in Spring 2020. This week, the Ignatz Awards announced that Nori was nominated for "Best Series" and Hara was nominated for "Promising New Talent."

Nori is the nickname for Noriko, a three-year-old girl who lives with her parents and grandmother in the suburbs of Osaka during the 1980s. While both parents work full-time, her grandmother is Nori's caregiver and friend, exploring the fantastical nature of the world around them.

Nori is quietly enchanting, drawing you into the adventures of this little girl,” Drawn & Quarterly Publisher and acquiring editor Peggy Burns commented. “At times it's surreal and haunting yet simultaneously a light-hearted depiction of childhood and friendship. Rumi's draftsmanship is gorgeous and she draws in many folkloric elements in the standalone stories.”

Rumi Hara was born in Kyoto, Japan. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and now lives in New York. Her comics have earned distinctions from the Society of Illustrators and a silver medal from the Mocca Arts Festival.

Nori will be distributed in the US by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. International rights are represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.