Bestselling author Jaimal Yogis will celebrate the release of his new book, City of Dragons, this upcoming Thursday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. at Village Wells Books & Coffee in Culver City. The graphic novel tells the story of Grace, a surfer from Southern California, as she embarks on a new life in Hong Kong. City of Dragons focuses on themes of climate change, diversity and courage.
In a recent interview in Comics Beat, Yogis said “So many of my favorite fantasy stories begin long ago or in a different world, and I think some part of me didn’t want that competing material in my head. I wanted to start fresh in this world. Naively, I didn’t realize how complex that would be plot-wise – fantasy gets complicated with phones and recording devices everywhere – but I think that also makes it a fun challenge.”
The Asian Youth Center of L.A. is distributing hundreds of copies of City of Dragons to struggling students across L.A. County who are refugees. Since a big theme of City of Dragons is the idea that diversity makes us strong, the graphic novel is especially relevant given the recent attacks on the AAPI community.
The event beings at 5 pm, and admission is free.
The Village Well is located at 9900 Culver Blvd.