The Best of the Rejection Collection, with New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee, and many more!

Thursday January 12: 7:00PM 8:00PM

In this interactive event, New Yorker cartoonists Matthew Diffee, Harry Bliss, Mort Gerberg, Sidney Harris, Carolita Johnson, Arnie Levin, Eric Lewis, Julia Suits, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, David Sipress, Mick Stevens, Julia Suits, Barbara Smaller, and Christopher Weyant will gather to celebrate their latest book, The Best of the Rejection Collection. They'll chat, complain and even share a bunch of their freshest rejects.

Cartoonist Matthew Diffee has been published more than two hundred times in The New Yorker, yet much of his good work never gets picked. In, The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons that Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for The New Yorker, Diffee rescues the best of the worst, bringing together some of The New Yorker’s brightest talents, such as Roz Chast, Gahan Wilson, Sam Gross, Jack Zeigler, and David Sipress, revealing their dark, juvenile, sick, naughty, and outrageous sides.

Matthew Diffee has been contributing cartoons to the New Yorker since 1999 and is the editor of volumes one and two of The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See in The New Yorker. He also contributed work and acted as cartoon editor for Time magazine’s “Drawing Room.” Last year, he illustrated a special collector’s edition of Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome. Diffee produces and hosts a radio show called "The Steam Powered Hour," which combines rural American music with smart, urban comedy.  Find him at

You can buy the book or a $10 Strand gift card at our main floor registers or at the entrance to the event in order to attend. Both options admit one person. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Additional copies of the book (and previous books by the author, when applicable) will be available for purchase at the event.

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