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Cynthia Levinson to release graphic-novel adaptation of award-winning nonfiction book

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Cynthia Levinson, whose nonfiction book for children and teens, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today, will be released as a graphic novel adaptation on September 22 from First Second! The original book, co-written with Cynthia’s law-professor husband, Sanford Levinson, won multiple awards, placed on many best-of lists, and received four starred reviews when it was first published in 2017. The graphic novel adaptation is also co-written by Sanford Levinson and is illustrated by Ally Shwed.Author photo of Cynthia Levinson again a green grass background.

Shows the cover "Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel," featuring a cartoon of the founders standing across a crack in the ground from diverse modern-day Americans; the ground is patterned to look like the paper on which the Constitution is written.Both the original version and the new adaptation uncover the constitutional roots of some of the most contentious political issues in American society today, such as gerrymandering, the Electoral College, and voter suppression.  The authors pose provocative questions—and offer potential solutions.

The graphic novel adaptation created exciting challenges for the authors.  “Working on a graphic novel turned out to be a career high that I had not known I wanted,” Cynthia states. “But, once the opportunity arose to turn the text version of Fault Lines in the Constitution into a comic book, we just had to do it. Kids—and adults, who, interestingly, are First Second’s target audience—absorb information in different ways. And my co-author, Sandy, and I are delighted that the ideas in our book can reach even more people this way. All thanks to the illustrator, Ally Shwed, and to our editor, Mark Siegel, for making this a fun and educational process.”

Cynthia and Sanford will be celebrating the release of the graphic novel with a virtual launch party co-hosted by BookPeople on Oct. 4th at 3:00pm CT.