Peanuts Papers at the American Writers Museum on November 4

The Peanuts Papers

The Peanuts Papers is a one-of-a-kind celebration of America’s beloved comic strip—and the life lessons it can teach us—from a stellar array of writers and artists. Join us for a fun-filled night of Peanuts discussion and appreciation with editor Andrew Blauner, contributing artist Chris Ware, and cartoonist Ivan Brunetti. Books will be sold and signed at the event.

About The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy & The Gang, and the Meaning of Life (Library of America; Oct. 22, 2019)

Over the span of fifty years, Charles M. Schulz created a comic strip that is one of the indisputable glories of American popular culture—hilarious, poignant, inimitable. Some twenty years after the last strip appeared, the characters Schulz brought to life in Peanuts continue to resonate with millions of fans, their beguiling four-panel adventures and television escapades offering lessons about happiness, friendship, disappointment, childhood, and life itself.

In The Peanuts Papers, thirty-three writers and artists reflect on the deeper truths of Schulz’s deceptively simple comic, its impact on their lives and art and on the broader culture. These enchanting, affecting, and often quite personal essays show just how much Peanuts means to its many admirers—and the ways it invites us to ponder, in the words of Sarah Boxer, “how to survive and still be a decent human being” in an often bewildering world. Featuring essays, memoirs, poems, and two original comic strips, here is the ultimate reader’s companion for every Peanuts fan.

Contributing writers and artists include Sarah Boxer, Jonathan Franzen, Ira Glass, Chuck Klosterman, Jonathan Lethem, Ann Patchett, Nicole Rudick, George Saunders, and many more.

ANDREW BLAUNER is an editor, writer, and the founder of Blauner Books Literary Agency. As an anthologist, he has edited eight collections including Coach: 25 Writers Reflect on People Who Made a DifferenceOur Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love, and In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs. He is also the co-editor of For the Love of Baseball: A Celebration of the Game that Connects Us All. His writing has been published in the New York Times, and he has appeared on a wide array of media outlets. He is a member of PEN American Center, National Book Critics Circle, The Authors Guild, Association of Authors’ Representatives and the Society of American Baseball Research.

CHRIS WARE is an award-winning graphic novelist known well for his New Yorker magazine covers. He’s hailed as a master of the comic art form and his complex graphic novels tell stories about people in suburban Midwestern neighborhoods, poignantly reflecting on the role memory plays in constructing identity. Titles include Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on EarthQuimby the MouseThe Acme Novelty Library, Building Stories, Rusty Brown and more.

IVAN BRUNETTI is an Associate Professor of Illustration in the Design Department at Columbia College Chicago, teaching courses on illustration, cartooning, graphic novels, and visual narrative. He is the author of Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice and Aesthetics: A Memoir, as well as the editor of both volumes of An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (all from Yale University Press). His drawings occasionally appear in the New Yorker, among other publications. His most recent books are Wordplay and 3X4 (both from Toon Books).

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Nov 04 2019


6:30 pm


$12 General Admission; Members Free

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American Writers Museum Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
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