My translation of Simon Schwartz‘s First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson just arrived in the mail from Lerner Books. It’s based on the amazing true story, one I’m ashamed to say I’d never heard before, of Matthew Henson, the first African American to travel to the frozen wastes of the North. Beautifully illustrated, this graphic novel tells how Henson was sidelined by white explorers and forgotten by history. This is a finely written account of his life and Henson is a most deserving subject. So glad I could be part of the project.