Artist Talk: Roz Chast

August 11, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

NOTE: We have changed venues a second time to accommodate a larger audience. This event is taking place at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro VT 05301.

In connection with the exhibit Roz Chast: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, the longtime staff cartoonist for The New Yorker discusses her life, career, and acclaimed graphic memoir about her parents’ final years.

A 2014 National Book Award Finalist for Non-Fiction, Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? won the prestigious National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Autobiography and the Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction. The memoir and its author were recognized in 2015 with a Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities.

“I didn’t want to forget how [my parents] talked, and I didn’t want to forget how they were,” said Chast. “Some of the stories that emerged were hilarious, but also heartbreaking, and they became a record of my experience with them. To know that others felt the book meant something to them—I’m very happy about that.”

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 than illustration. However, soon after graduating, she reverted to type and began drawing cartoons once again. In addition to The New Yorker, Chast’s cartoons have been published in Scientific AmericanHarvard Business ReviewRedbook, and Mother Jones. She also illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z, the best-selling children’s book by Steve Martin.

Roz Chast: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is part of Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

ADMISSION: $15 in advance, $20 at the door ($5 discount for BMAC members)
Reservations recommended. Online ticket sales have ended. We will be selling a limited number of tickets on Saturday night at Centre Congregational Church, starting at 6:45.

This event is taking place at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro VT 05301.