The Big Read 2024

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir, by cartoonist Roz Chast

A National Book Award Finalist, #1 New York Times Bestseller, and Reuben Award from National Cartoonists Society winner.  New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and with a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. 

In this year’s Big Read, Art in the Park will be an hosting artist-led reading and discussion circles, and a documentary project that makes space for people, stories, relationships, and processing grief, through showcasing objects from an estate.

Reading and Discussion Circle

We’re hosting three reading circles of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir on the first three Sundays in April—the 7th, 14th, and 21th—from 10am–11:30am 

All sessions are free and open to the public, and . A free copy of the book will be provided, and free coffee and tea will be served. You’re welcome to come to any or all of the sessions, but please RSVP so we know how many books to have on hand.