ID – Roz Chast Speaks

0000-roz-chastCartoonist Roz Chast speaks at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday February 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM! Tickets available now…

Roz Chast is a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker and the author of several books including Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her cartoons have also been published in other magazines, including Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, holds honorary doctorates from Pratt Institute and Dartmouth College, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Egyptian Theatre
700 W. Main St. Boise, ID 83705

CA – Roz Chast Speaks

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Cartoonist Roz Chast speaks on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM at UCLA.

Roz Chast has loved drawing cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in painting because it seemed more artistic. However, soon after graduating, she reverted to type and began drawing cartoons once again. Chast is now known as a brilliant interpreter of the everyday. Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity and are loaded with words, objects and patterns. More than 1,000 of them have been printed in The New Yorker since 1978.

In this performance, she will read from her first memoir which harnesses her signature wit as she recounts her experience caring for her aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. The evening will showcase the full range of Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

Tickets available at the link…

University of California, Los Angeles – Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

CA – An Evening with Roz Chast

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Cartoonist Roz Chast speaks on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation.

A humorous and poignant book that chronicles her relationship with her aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? is the latest book for adults by Roz Chast. Using handwritten text, drawings, photographs, and her keen eye for the foibles that make us human, Chast addresses the realities of what it is to get old in America today – and what it is to have aging parents today – with tenderness and candor, and a good dose of her characteristic wit.

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant is a New York Times 2014 Top Ten Best Book of the Year, 2014 National Book Award Finalist, the winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle awards for the best books of 2014.

Tickets are available at the link…

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation
1000 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 717-3800

ID – Roz Chast Speaks

0000-roz-chastCartoonist Roz Chast speaks on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood.

Roz Chast is a brilliant interpreter of the everyday. Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity and are loaded with words, objects and patterns. More than 1000 of them have been printed in The New Yorker since 1978. Chast has written and illustrated books for both children and adults. Her newest book for adults is Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, a graphic memoir that chronicles her relationship with her aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence.

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Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood
100 Saddle Road | PO Box 660, Ketchum, ID 83340

FL – Roz Chast Signing

rozCartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Lowe Art Museum on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 11:30 AM!

Press Release: 

In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”―with predictable results―the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies―an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades―the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

About the Author:

Roz Chast has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Painting because it seemed more artistic. However, soon after graduating, she reverted to type and began drawing cartoons once again.

Her cartoons have also been published in many other magazines besides The New Yorker, including Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. Her most recent book is a comprehensive compilation of her favorite cartoons called Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006. She also illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z, the best-selling children’s book by Steve Martin.

University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum
1245 Dauer Drive, Coral, FL 33416

NY – Roz Chast Speaks

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Cartoonist Roz Chast is a brilliant interpreter of the everyday. Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity and are loaded with words, objects and patterns. More than 1000 of them have been printed in The New Yorker since 1978. Join us in a moderated conversation on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM with audience Q&A and a book signing to follow. VIP Includes a reception. Tickets available at the link…

NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, NY 11590
(516) 247-5200

PA – Very Semi-Serious Screening

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Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Gershman Y on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM as part of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival for a screening of the film “Very Semi-Serious” followed by Q&A and book signing. Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

VERY SEMI-SERIOUS provides a humorous and illuminating window into the quirky and endearing world of The New Yorker’s iconic single-panel cartoons. While the documentary’s chief subject is the magazine’s cartoon gatekeeper, Editor Robert Mankoff, a charming and affable character whose engaging story could easily take up an entire film, first-time filmmaker Leah Wolchok takes care to highlight some of The New Yorker’s other freelance cartoonists – an awesomely eccentric mix of crusty vets and newbies, young and old, male and female. Featuring interviews with notables like Roz Chast, Mort Gerberg, Emily Flake, and George Booth, and newcomers the likes of Ed Steed and Liana Finch, Wolchok hones in on what inspires each to run Mankoff’s gauntlet of rejection week after week in hopes of making the cut.

The Gershman Y
401 Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 545-4400

OK – Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

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Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Tulsa Library on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 6:45 p.m. to speak about her graphic memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, which depicts her difficult journey in providing care for her elderly parents. Books will be available for purchasing and a book signing will follow the event.

MI – An Evening With Roz Chast

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Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at Washtenaw Community College on Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM!

Roz Chast has been drawing cartoons for the New Yorker since 1978 and is the author of several books including her recent award-winning graphic novel, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? The book gives a frank, funny account of her experience caring for her parents as they shift from independence to dependence.

This event is free and open to the public, seating is on a first come, first-served basis.

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Washtenaw Community College – Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

NYC – The Best American Comics 2015 Signing

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Press Release:

Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos leads a dynamic, fun panel with selected artists from the Best American Comics 2015 anthology at the Strand Book Store on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Joining Bill are the longtime New Yorker artist Roz Chast, graphic memoirist of Lucky fame Gabrielle Bell, and the experimental frame-changer Blaise Larmee for a fascinating look at some of the work that went into the past year in words and pictures.

Please purchase a copy of Best American Comics or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

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