“I was a book-loving kid, and I’m a book-loving grownup,” Chast tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “That’s because every book is like a parallel world which you can step into the minute you open its cover.”
Books are also great because “if you decide, ‘This world is not for me,’ you can step right out and pick up another one,” says Chast — the author of the award-winning graphic-novel memoir about eldercare, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” — who will also appear at the festival.
The library was naturally thrilled with Chast’s “fantastic” work.
“As the poster proclaims, books are meaningful, magical and necessary for everyone,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says. “Roz captured the spirit of the book festival in a wonderful way, and we’re excited to be able to show it off.”
This year’s festival will be Sept. 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
(Disclosure: Comic Riffs is an adviser for the programming of the festival’s Graphic Novel Pavilion events.)