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Spiegelman Launches National Tour with two very different books!
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TOON Books, an imprint of RAW Junior, is pleased to announce renowned cartoonist Art Spigeleman's fall tour schedule to promote BREAKDOWNS: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@*! (Pantheon Books; onsale October 7), which re-releases Spiegelman's seminal 1970s work with a new introduction of autobiographical vignettes and a concluding illustrated essay. Spiegelman will also be publicizing Jack and the Box (RAW Junior/TOON Books; onsale October 6), a brand new comic for early readers.

Spiegelman will intentionally navigate rough terrain: BREAKDOWNS includes some adult-only content; Jack and the Box , on the other hand, is intended for emerging readers, 4 to 8. Spiegelman will tackle the following questions head-on: Are comics at their best when aimed at sophisticated grown-ups? Or are comics a medium ideally suited for children? Can comics do both equally well?

Spiegelman is best known for his masterful two-volume Holocaust narrative, Maus , which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. He has been honored with a Guggenheim fellowship, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. His last book, In the Shadow of No Towers , was selected by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004.

TOON Books are a collection of hardcover, full-color comics for early readers published by New Yorker Art Editor Françoise Mouly with Series Advisor Art Spiegelman. The imprint launched in Spring 2008 and has received near-universal praise. Following is a schedule of Spiegelman's upcoming events where Spiegelman will discuss how these two very different projects intersect:

Saturday, October 4, 2008-NEW YORK
4:30 PM--    Breakdowns: Comix 101, New Yorker Festival,
        Ailey Citigroup Theater, Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 West 55th Street

Sunday, October 5-NEW YORK
1:00 PM--    Book signing (with Salman Rushdie)
        New Yorker Festival, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street

Tuesday, October 7-Austin
7:00 PM--    BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Blvd.

Wednesday, October 8-Seattle
7:30 PM--    Town Hall, 1119 8th Avenue. Hosted by University Book Store.

Thursday, October 9-Portland
7:00 PM--    Powells Books at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Friday, October 10-PORTLAND
7:30 PM--    COMIX 101, Reed College Campus, Kaul Auditorium

Saturday, October 11-Pasadena
5:00 PM--    Interview with Michael Silverblatt, the host of WKCR's BOOKWORM
        at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena.

Sunday, October 12-Los Angeles
11:00 AM--    Storyopolis, 14945 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks [specifically focused on Jack and the Box ]
2:00 PM--    Screening, discussion and book signing at Family Bookstore, 436 N. Fairfax Ave.

Monday, October 13-Santa Cruz
7:30 PM--    Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue.

Tuesday, October 14-San Francisco
7:00 PM--    Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness.

Monday, October 20-New York
7:00 PM--    Moderated by Calvin Reid, with David Heatley
        Barnes & Noble, Tribeca, 97 Warren Street.

Wednesday, October 22-New York
7:00 PM--    Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway.

Thursday, October 23-Boston
6:00 PM--    Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street. Hosted by Harvard Bookstore.

Friday, October 24-Northampton
7:00 PM--    Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall. Hosted by Odyssey Book Shop.

Thursday, October 30-Rochester, NY
7:30 PM--    Rochester Jewish Book Festival.

Thursday, November 6-Philadelphia
7:30 PM--    Panel discussion with David Heatley, Jessica Abel and Chip Kidd
        Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine Street.

Friday, November 7-Washington, DC
7:00 PM--    Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, November 14-15-16-Miami
Various-     Miami Book Fair

Saturday, November 22-New York
12:00 PM--    (with Dean Haspiel and others)
        Books of Wonder, 140 Seventh Avenue  [specifically focused on Jack and the Box]



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