THE BIG PICTURE The printed word is not the only way to tell a meaningful story. Highly topical graphic novels such as Persepolis (Pantheon; $16) by Marjane Satrapi remain some of the strongest sellers at The Beguiling books and art store in Toronto. Owner Peter Birkemoe says Israeli illustrator Rutu Modan's new book, Exit Wounds (Drawn & Quarterly; $21.95), will be a big summer hit in this tradition. The story follows a young taxi driver in Tel Aviv as he searches for his father, who may have been killed in a suicide bomb attack. "This is one of the most subtly crafted stories I have ever read," Birkemoe says. "Her scenes on a beach perfectly capture the thrill of an impromptu ocean dip, making this ideal summer reading."