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Ridgefield's Roz Chast Is First Cartoonist Honored By National Book Awards

Roz Chast of Ridgefield is on the Longlist of nonfiction nominees for the National Book Award. Photo Credit: File
"Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" is Roz Chast's account of caring for her aging parents. Photo Credit: Roz Chast website

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Ridgefield's Roz Chast is the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories when her newest book, "Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?," was named to the Nonfiction Longlist for the 2014 Awards.

"Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" is Chast's account of caring for her aging parents.

The finalists for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction will be revealed Oct. 15 exclusively on NPR’s "Morning Edition."

The Nonfiction Longlist also includes a Pulitzer Prize Winner and several distinguished historians.

Chast’s cartoons have been published in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones.

She is the author of "Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006," a compilation of her favorite cartoons. She also illustrated "The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z," a bestselling children's book by Steve Martin.

Her awards and honors include honorary doctorates from Dartmouth College, Lesley University/Art Institute of Boston, and Pratt Institute. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College. For more on Chast, visit her website .

The other authors and books on the Nonfiction Longlist are:

  • John Demos, "The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic"
  • Anand Gopal, "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes"
  • Nigel Hamilton, "The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941 - 1942"
  • Walter Isaacson, "The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution"
  • John Lahr, "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh"
  • Evan Osnos, "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China"
  • Ronald C. Rosbottom, "When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944"
  • Matthew Stewart, "Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic"
  • Edward O. Wilson, "The Meaning of Human Existence"

The judges in the nonfiction category are Robert Atwan, Gretel Ehrlich, Tom Reiss, Ruth J. Simmons and Alan Taylor.

The National Book Award winners will be announced at the invitation-only National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on Nov. 19 in New York City.

The National Book Foundation's mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. The National Book Award is one of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes. To see the full list of nominees or for more information, visit its website .

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