EventsCartoonist Roz Chast discusses "Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York"

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Harold Washington Library Center


Chicago Public Library and the American Writers Museum present New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.

Chast is the author of the award-winning and No. 1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (2014), and her new graphic book Going Into Town: A Love Letter To New York (October 3), is a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank you note to Manhattan.

A native Brooklynite-turned-suburban commuter deemed the quintessential New Yorker, Chast has always been intensely alive to the glorious spectacle that is Manhattan--the daily clash of sidewalk racers and dawdlers; the fascinating range of dress codes; and the priceless, nutty outbursts of souls from all walks of life.

For Chast, adjusting to life outside the city was surreal--(you can own trees!? you have to drive!?)--but she recognized that the reverse was true for her kids. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange visual world of Manhattan--its blackened sidewalk gum-wads, "those West Side Story-things" (fire escapes)--and its crazily honeycombed systems and grids.

Told through Chast's singularly zany, laugh-out-loud, touching and true cartoons, Going Into Town is part New York stories (the "overheard and overseen" of the island borough), part personal and practical guide to walking, talking, renting and venting--an irresistible, one-of-a-kind love letter to the city.

Please note: Doors to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium will open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is available first come, first served (385 max.). Books are available for purchase and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

Photo of Roz Chast by Bill Hayes.

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