Celebrate the launch of Kristen Radtke’s graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This
. Featuring a reading and visual presentation, and a conversation with Mira Jacob. A signing to follow, with complimentary drinks. Co-Presented with our friends at WORD Bookstore.
Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize, and has been translated into nine languages. She is currently teaching at NYU and drawing her memoir, “Good Talk: Conversations I’m Still Confused About.”
Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon) is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film & video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times Book Review, Oxford American, The New Yorker’s Page Turner, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Daily Beast, and others. She lives in Brooklyn.
“Radtke’s gorgeous, graphic memoir ponders ruins and the people and places that are left behind.”—Lisa Lucas, Martha Stewart Living
“This graphic novel/memoir takes readers on an incredible journey, both to places ranging from Iceland to the Philippines, but also into the dark recesses of the mind and the heart.” —Nylon
“Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This doesn’t tell a single story but a chorus of histories, personal and familial and historical, and invents its own marvelous language for their telling—a language forged from interior thought and visual imagination, bringing together words and illustration in continually surprising and moving ways. The voice in these pages is eloquent in so many ways at once, like a shape that exists in three dimensions rather than two, and it’s utterly singular: visually alive, attentive to details, self-questioning and tender as it surveys variously haunted terrains of heart and landscape. Radtke’s world is so immersive, and so sensitively conjured, that once I entered the sketched chamber of her pages, I didn’t want to leave again—or even pause for breath—until I reached the end.” —Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams
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