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The Center for Fiction Presents Patricia Marx and Roz Chast on Tired Town

October 10, 2023

We stayed up past our bedtime to experience New Yorker contributors Patricia Marx and Roz Chast, previous collaborators on You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time and their ukulele band Ukelear Meltdown, in conversation about their new hilarious children’s book, Tired Town. Starring Nellie Bee Nightly—who is wide awake and not tired at all—this hilarious book is sure to have both kids and adults giggling, imbued with writer and humorist Marx’s wit and charm, and illustrator Chast’s bright colors and expressive characters—which looked amazing on our auditorium screen! Marx and Chast came together for a lighthearted conversation about children’s literature, art and illustration, and, of course, the importance of getting plenty of sleep.

In Conversation

  • Patricia Marx, credit Catherine Chalmers - Eliana Cohen-Orth

    Patricia Marx

    Patricia Marx

    Patricia Marx has been contributing to the New Yorker since 1989. She is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats, and is the author of several books, including Let’s Be Less Stupid, Him Her Him Again the End of Him, and Starting from Happy. Marx was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon. She has taught at Princeton, New York University, and Stonybrook University. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

    Photo Credit: Catherine Chalmers

  • Roz Chast, credit Bill Franzen - Eliana Cohen-Orth

    Roz Chast

    Roz Chast

    Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978. Since then, she has published more than one thousand cartoons in the magazine. She has written and illustrated many books, including What I Hate: From A to Z, and the collections of her own cartoons The Party After You Left and Theories of Everything. She is the editor of The Best American Comics 2016 and the illustrator of Calvin Trillin’s No Fair! No Fair! and Daniel Menaker’s The African Svelte, all published in Fall 2016.

    Photo Credit: Bill Franzen