Since she sold her first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1978, Roz Chast has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of the anxieties, superstitions, furies, insecurities, and surreal imaginings of modern life.
Since then, nine collections have been published of Chast’s work, most recently, Theories of Everything, a twenty-five year retrospective. Roz Chast is known for her cast of recurring characters – generally hapless but relatively cheerful “everyfolk.” In her cartoons, she addresses the universal topics of guilt, anxiety, aging, families, friends, money, real estate, and as she would say, “much, much more!” The editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, has called her “the magazine’s only certifiable genius.” She recently collaborated with Steve Martin on the children’s book The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! published by Random House. Her children’s book, Too Busy Marco, was published by Simon & Schuster and released in the Fall of 2010. The sequel, Marco Goes to School was released in 2012. Her book for adults, What I Hate: From A – Z was published by Bloomsbury in October 2011. She illustrated a book with songwriter Stephen Merritt called 101 Two-Letter Words published in fall 2014. Her newest book for adults is Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, a book that chronicles her relationship with her aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence. 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 Best Book of the Year, 2014 National Book Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize, and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for the best books of 2014. For the first time in National Book Critics Circle Award history, a graphic novel won the prize for autobiography. Chast’s newest book for children is titled Around the Clock (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, January 13, 2015).