Meet the Author!


January 20 | Noon

This is an in-person viewing party.

Wordcrafters Studio

436 Charnelton St. Ste 100
Eugene, OR 97401

Free and Open to the Public! Register to save your seat.

Masks Optional.
(if you’re sick, please stay home and take care of yourself.)

Meet Roz Chast, New Yorker Cartoonist and author of our focus book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant at a lovely event emceed by the fabulous J.C. Geiger. The author and emcee will be on zoom, with a Viewing Party at Wordcrafters in Eugene.

Want to submit a question (or a few) for Roz Chast? Click here to fill out a quick google form!

About the Book:

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, written by Roz Chast, a longtime cartoonist for the New Yorker, is a “tour de force” (Elle), “remarkable” (San Francisco Chronicle), “revelatory” (Kirkus), “deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny” (New York Times), and “one of the great autobiographical memoirs of our time” (Buffalo News). A finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Kirkus Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Books for a Better Life Award, the memoir tells the story of Chast’s parents’ final years through cartoons, family photos, found documents, and narrative prose. “So many have faced (or will face) the situation that the author details, but no one could render it like she does” (Kirkus). “Anyone who has had Chast’s experience will devour this book and cling to it for truth, humor, understanding, and the futile wish that it could all be different” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). “I want to recommend it to everyone I know who has elderly parents, or might have them someday” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

Get your free copy of the book by emailing the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House or Wordcrafters in Eugene!

Questions about this event? Email us.

About the Author

Roz Chast’s work has appeared in numerous magazines through the years, including The Village Voice, National Lampoon, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Redbook and Mother Jones, but she is most closely associated with The New Yorker. Chast attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied painting. After graduating in 1977 she returned to New York City, where she quickly established her cartooning career. In addition to collections of her New Yorker cartoons, Chast has written and illustrated a range of books. Her latest, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York (2017), a personalized travel guide to New York City that began as a going-away present to her youngest child, who was moving from the family’s home in Connecticut to attend SVA. Her first memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (2014) won a National Book Critics Circle Award and was shortlisted for a National Book Award.

About the Emcee

J.C. Geiger survived an earthquake on the Mouth of Hell volcano in Nicaragua, learned to drive stick shift on a bookmobile, and once fell asleep while running. He also writes fiction. He is a GrandSLAM Storytelling Champion at The Moth, and his work has appeared on stage at The Second City and No Shame Theatre. His debut novel, Wildman, was named by Bank Street as a Best YA Book of the Year. His latest book is The Great Big One. J.C. lives about sixty miles from the Oregon coast, and makes the trip as often as he can.



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