Irving: NEA Big Read Opens the Conversation on Aging
Irving Public Library and Friends organization present the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read, a citywide celebration of literature, from April 9 to May 18. The selected work is “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by famed “New Yorker” cartoonist and award-winning author Roz Chast.
The book captures Chast’s complicated relationship with her aging parents as it becomes her turn to be the caregiver of the family. Presented as a graphic memoir, those interested in a quick, yet emotionally intense read will be immediately pulled in by its expressive drawings, unflinching candor and surprising humor.
During the series, events will promote community-togetherness, open literary discussion and creative expression:
- A Blast with Chast Sock Hop: A Big Read Kick-off on April 9
- NEA Big Read Book Clubs
- Grandparent Story Time
- Roz Chast, an NEA Big Read Keynote and Gallery Exhibit on April 26
To learn more about the book, pick up a free copy at any Irving Library NEA Big Read events from April 9 to May 18 or from any Irving Public Library location, while supplies last.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The series is presented along with the Irving Arts Center, Heritage Senior Center, Friends of the Irving Public Library, Grand Prairie Public Library and other organizations across the region.