Ben Katchor signs at Powell’s Books on Monday, April 8th at 7:30 pm!
From one of the most original and imaginative American cartoonists at work today comes a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture — a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the 21st century. With cutting wit, Ben Katchor reveals a world similar to our own — lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality — but also slightly, fabulously askew. Frequently and brilliantly bizarre, and always mesmerizing, Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories (Pantheon) ensures that you will never look at a building, a bar of soap, or an ATM the same way.
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR
New York cartoonist Ben Katchor is the author of The Cardboard Valise, Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District; and other works, and was the first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. His new book Hand Drying in America is a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture—a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the twenty-first century. From window-ledge pillows designed expressly for people-watching to a school of dance is based upon the choreographic motion of paying with cash, Katchor’s stories inhabit a world similar to our own—lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality—but also slightly, fabulously askew. Katchor discusses his book with bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Nicholas Dawidoff, author of The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg and The Crowd Sounds Happy, among other works; a slide show of Katchor’s art will accompany the discussion.
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217