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Theories of Everything, and Much, Much More: An Evening with New Yorker Cartoonist and Author Roz Chast

- Fully Registered

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 6:00 PM
| Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required

Roz Chast has loved drawing cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn. Since joining the New Yorker as a cartoonist almost 40 years ago, she has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of the anxieties, superstitions, furies, and surreal imaginings of modern life. David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, has called her “the magazine’s only certifiable genius.”

Ms. Chast is the author of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant, a New York Times Best Book of the Year (2014). Using handwritten text, drawings, photographs and wit, this graphic work chronicles her relationship with her aging parents with tenderness and candor. In addition to many books for adults, she is the author of numerous children’s books, including collaborations with Steve Martin and Calvin Trillin. Her latest book, Going into Town: A Sort-of Guide to the City (NYC), comes out in October.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she has received honorary degrees from Pratt Institute, the Art Institute of Boston, and Dartmouth, among others. In 2013, she was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2015, she received the Heinz Award for her body of work which brings “wry humor and wit to some of our most profound everyday anxieties…she offers empathy and courage to confront them head on.”

Uptown at Night presents comedy and humorous storytelling on the Upper East Side. It is a collaboration of Sydney LeBlanc, a writer, and Mickey Murray a producer. Ms. Murray began her career in TV, working with the Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett shows. Ms. LeBlanc’s work has been published by W.W. Norton and the New York Times; she frequently reads her humorous short stories at Live from the Library.


This event is co-sponsored with Uptown at Night.