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Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 1:45 PM

The passage is an excerpt from her upcoming autobiographical comic book Back to the Summer, the first part of which Tereza graduated with from the Illustration and Graphic Design Studio of The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague this year. It is based on her memories of carefree summer days spent at a cottage. The author goes back to the year 2000. Her grandmother Jiřina's phone receives a signal only atop a distant hill, her parents are who knows where and the heroine of the book is bored. In later chapters of the story we meet the rest of the family, friends who come and go at various times, animals, and even fictional characters. The book blends fantasy with the reality of slightly dusty memories.

*Tereza Šiklová (1996)** is an illustrator and author, based in Prague. Her children's picture book Obr (2021) won numerous awards, including the Most Beautiful Books of 2021 award, the Golden Ribbon 2022, and it was included in the catalogue of illustration and exhibition for the Children's Book Fair in Bologna. In 2018, Tereza completed an internship at the Glasgow School of Art. Last summer, she was on the Kuš! Comics Residency in Latvia, where she started working on the book Back to the Summer.