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Deb Aoki’s Summer Reading list places Ponent Mon/Fanfare in two coveted spots:

2. A Distant Neighborhood

A Distant Neighborhood Volume 1

Author and Artist: Jiro Taniguchi
Publisher: Fanfare – Ponent Mon
Release Date: June 30, 2009
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Middle-aged salaryman Hiroshi Nakahara accidentally takes a train ride back to his old hometown to visit his mother’s grave. Then for reasons he can’t explain, Hiroshi is transported back in time, and discovers that he’s an 8th grader again, but with all of his adult memories intact.

Can he, or should he try to change the decisions he made before? But more importantly, is he stuck in the past?

11. Summit of the Gods

Summit of the Gods Volume 1 by Jiro Taniguchi published by Fanfare / Ponent Mon

Author: Yumemakura Baku
Artist: Jiro Taniguchi
Publisher: Fanfare – Ponent Mon
Release Date: July 23, 2009
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In 1993, in a small Nepalese store, Makoto Fukamachi, photographer for a Japanese expedition to conquer Mt. Everest, stumbles across an old camera – a Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak Special. Could it be famed mountaineer George Mallory’s camera? And if it is, does it hold the secret of whether Mallory and Irvine made it to the summit?

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