SPENCERTOWN — Spencertown Academy Festival of Books presents Just When You Need a Laugh Cartoonists in Conversation at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Free on Zoom: Registration required by Sept. 11. Take two New Yorker cartoonists, add a keen observer of the venerable magazine’s one-panel wonders, and that’s a conversation worth eavesdropping on.

Cartoonists David Sipress and Emily Flake join author Richard Gehr to discuss the few lines and fewer words that constitute their art. Sipress has contributed to the magazine since 1998. Flake followed a decade later.

Gehr introduces them after a brief intro about his book, I Only Read It for the Cartoons: The New Yorkers Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists.

Festival of Books schedule:

Sept. 12, 10 a.m.

Jacqueline Rogers, Goblin Moon 2. Free, registration required. Registration closes at midnight Sept. 11. Follow along as Jacqueline draws a Halloween character, a brief story line, and a title in block letters. This project fosters creative writing – participants are encouraged to bring their own details and ideas into their drawings. By creating a character, devising a plot line, and brainstorming a title, a story of their own can emerge. Ages 8 and older.

Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m.

Richard Gehr, David Sipress And Emily Flake. I Only Read It For The Cartoons: The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists.

Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m.

Ed Ward. The History Of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964–1977: The Beatles, The Stones, And The Rise Of Classic Rock. Free, registration required. Registration closes at midnight Sept. 12. One of the deans of pop music criticism, Ed Ward has been in and around music journalism for decades. He is well known to fans of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” where he was rock-and-roll historian for more than 30 years, and to readers of Rolling Stone and other publications. Ward is now putting his vast experience, expertise and enthusiasm into a three-volume History of Rock and Roll. Volume one covered 1920-1963. Volume two covers 1964-1977. He will talk about the challenge of distilling such a richly diverse history into a narrative, and will share stories, insights and anecdotes. In conversation with Gerald Seligman, who has spent more than 35 years in the music industry in the US and abroad.

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