Karen Leggett Abouraya, Susan L. Roth
and the Egyptian Revolution
Karen Leggett Abouraya and Susan L. Roth have collaborated to produce Karen’s first and Susan’s 40th picture book – Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books. Illustrated with Susan’s signature collages, Hands Around the Library tells the story of Egyptian protestors in 2011 who held hands around the grand library of Alexandria to protect it from vandals.
"Freedom and libraries: an essential combination … Extensive and accessible backmatter… A stunning visual recreation of a recent historical event.”
Kirkus Starred Review
“… In her signature collages, which feature bold colors and an array of textures, Roth incorporates materials and motifs that have particular significance to her setting and subject matter.”
Karen and Susan met the director of the library, Ismail Serageldin, in Washington and New York recently, where he told them he even had a suit rather similar to the one Susan created for him in the book!
History, photos, additional information and soon a blog are all posted on the new website, www.handsaroundthelibrary.com, designed by Karen’s son Adam Abouraya.