Edward Carey: Plagues & Pencils

Event graphic of Edward Carey next to an image of the cover of Plagues & Pencils
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 7:00pm
Free
BookPeople
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Austin, TX 78703
Plagues and Pencils: A Year of Pandemic Sketches By Edward Carey, Max Porter (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Edward Carey, Max Porter (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781477325865
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Texas Press - September 6th, 2022

Join us in celebrating the release of Edward Carey’s book Plagues & Pencils! He will be in conversation with Austin Kleon. The event will include a moderated discussion, an audience Q&A, and a signing line. 

EVENT INFO:
  • This event is free and open to the public.
    • Start time: 7 P.M.
    • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
    • Location: Second floor of BookPeople.
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of their book after the speaking portion of the event
    • To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople. 
EVENT GUIDELINES:
  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if necessary.
  • If you have any other questions, please email us at online@bookpeople.com

ABOUT PLAGUES & PENCILS

From the whimsical mind of Edward Carey, one drawing a day for an entire year of the COVID 19 pandemic.

In March 2020, as lockdowns were imposed around the world, author and illustrator Edward Carey raced home to Austin, Texas. The next day, he published on social media a sketch of “A Very Determined Young Man.” The day after, he posted another drawing. One year and one hundred and fifty Tombow B pencil stubs later, he was still drawing.

Carey’s pencil fills the page with the marvelous and intriguing, picturing people, characters, animals, monsters, and his favorite bird to draw, the grackle. He reaches into history and fiction to escape grim reality through flights of vivid imagination—until events demand the drawings “look straight on.”

Breonna Taylor, the Brontë sisters, John Lewis, King Lear, and even the portraits that mark the progress of the year for the Very Determined Young Man combine into a remarkable document of the pandemic and its politics. For Carey, though, trapped inside a home he loves, these portraits are something more, a way to chart time, an artist’s way of creating connection in isolation. With an introduction by Max Porter, this exceptional collection from the acclaimed author of Little marks a year of a man trapped with his pencil, determined to find solace amid uncertainty.


ABOUT EDWARD CAREY

Edward Carey is the author and illustrator of four novels—Observatory Mansions, Alva & Irva, Little, and The Swallowed Man—and the YA series The Iremonger Trilogy. He teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.


ABOUT AUSTIN KLEON

Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age: Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work!, and Keep Going. He’s also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems made by redacting the newspaper with a permanent marker. His books have been translated into dozens of languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide.


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