Joana Avillez + Molly Young in the 2nd floor art department (w/ Nadja Spiegelman)

Tuesday May 1: 7:30PM 8:30PM

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There are few cities that can compare with New York City; it’s an almost magical place teeming with life and overflowing with stories. Writers and illustrators have worked for centuries to capture the city in some form. D C-T! (“The City!”) is Molly Young and Joana Avillez’s own ode to NYC and homage to beloved illustrator William Steig.

In 1968 Steig published CDB! (“See the Bee!”). The now-classic children’s book paired playful illustrations with a fun phonetic language, that in today’s world of shorthand texts, seems decades ahead of its time. Young and Avillez saw the potential: to depict the joys and difficulties of life in New York using Steig’s invented language! Their fully-illustrated book D C-T! tells the tales of New Yorkers with wit and charm.

Join us as Molly and Joana share and sign their book on the art floor with moderator Nadja Spiegelman!


Molly Young is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. She has written features for GQ, Elle, New York magazine, n+1 and other publications, and has authored columns for the New York Times Book Review and the New York Times. She has also published crossword puzzles in the New York Times.

Joana Avillez is an illustrator from and still living in New York. Her drawings and illustrated stories have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, New York magazine, Zeit Magazin, Apartamento, and many other places. She illustrated Lena Dunham's memoir, Not That Kind of Girl.

Nadja Spiegelman is the online editor at the Paris Review, the co-editor of Resist! (an irregular magazine of political comics and graphics), and the author of I'm Supposed to Protect You From All This. She is also the Eisner-award nominated author of the Zig and Wikki graphic series for young children and Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure. She lives in Brooklyn.

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