from the October 2012 issue: Oil
Paolo Castaldi is an Italian illustrator and author of graphic novels. He debuted in 2005 with I Will Never Grow Up, and followed with The Anomaly, both written by Adriano Barone and published by Star Comics. In 2007, Castaldi’s Io e Te was chosen as “Debut of the Month” by the magazine Scuola di Fumetto, and in 2008 he went on to publish Non Troppo Lontano, a historical graphic novel dealing with the Milanese anti-fascist resistance movement of 1943-45. Castaldi also collaborated with Edizione Voilier to publish a two-volume graphic novel, Nuvole Rapide. In 2011, he wrote and illustrated Etenesh, the Odyssey of a Migrant, published by BeccoGiallo.
Translated from Italian by Maaza Mengiste
Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel Beneath the Lion‘s Gaze was selected by the Guardian as one of the ten best contemporary African books. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Granta, the Guardian, the New York Times, Guernica and BBC Radio, among other places. She is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded runner-up in the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She was a writer on the documentary projects Girl Rising and The Invisible City, and sits on the boards of Words Without Borders and Warscapes. Her second novel is forthcoming.
Author photo: Simon Hurst