Join us for an evening in celebration of The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry with author David Carlson and illustrator Landis Blair. Carlson and Blair will be joined in conversation by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Schmich. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

About the book:

It was a hunting accident—that much Charlie is sure of. That's how his father, Matt Rizzo—a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille—had lost his vision. It’s not until Charlie’s troubled teenage years, when he’s facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth.

Matt Rizzo was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face—but it was while participating in an armed robbery.

Newly blind and without hope, Matt began his bleak new life at Stateville Prison. But in this unlikely place, Matt's life and very soul were saved by one of America's most notorious killers: Nathan Leopold Jr., of the infamous Leopold and Loeb.

From David Carlson and Landis Blair comes the unbelievable true story of a father, a son, and remarkable journey from despair to enlightenment.

David Carlson has been a filmmaker, musician, car salesman, experience designer, and is the co-founder of Opera-Matic, a nonprofit street opera company in Chicago. The Hunting Accident is his first book.

Landis Blair is a pen and ink illustrator, known in the Chicago independent comic scene for his cross-hatched drawings and delightfully morbid picture books. His books include The Trial: A Choose Your Own Kafka Adventure and The Hunting Accident. He also provided the artwork for Unabridged's iconic tote bag.

Mary Schmich is an American journalist who has been a columnist for the Chicago Tribune since 1992. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 2012. In 2002, Schmich penned this article on Matt Rizzo's life & writing.


The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry Cover Image
By David L. Carlson, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726765
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second/Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

Event date: 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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