4 Astor Place
New York City, New York 10003

Renowned author, director and composer Elizabeth Swados will appear at a reading / signing for her new graphic memoir, My Depression: A Picture Book on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM at Barnes and Noble at Astor Place. This event marks the second of four New York City appearances that she will make in support of her book during the months of April and May. My Depression: A Picture Book was released by Hyperion on April 13, 2005.

A personal portrait in words and pictures, My Depression: A Picture Book is a frank and humorous account of one woman?s struggle with the ever-looming dark cloud of depression. Swados? whimsical drawings provide a unique view of her experience with depression, from her urge to keep her condition a secret to the strange effects of ?new? drugs and finally interesting ways to fight back. Revealing the darkest corners of her world, Swados takes readers on a journey that is poignant and hilarious, and will undoubtedly ring familiar with anyone who has ever suffered from depression or simply struggled with the knocks and turns of everyday life.

Elizabeth Swados received a BA from Bennington College and an honorary degree from Hobart/William Smith College. She has composed, written and directed over 30 theater pieces including The Trilogy, Nightclub Cantata, Broadway?s groundbreaking 1977 production Runaways (Tony nomination), Alice in Concert (starring Meryl Streep), Doonesbury and Rap Master Ronnie (both in collaboration with Garry Trudeau). Her work has been seen at The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in productions around the world. Her new musical Jabu about the life of Alfred Jarry was recently presented at New York?s Flea Theater can be seen at the Alley Theater in Houston in the fall. Swados? compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Asia Society, and in dozens of cabarets, clubs, churches and synagogues. She has published 3 novels, 3 non-fiction books and 9 children?s books and authored articles for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue and O. She is currently at work on a memoir/textbook about working with adolescents in the theater and has a project with teenagers called Loss and Gain that will tour the New York public school system. Swados is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Ford Fellowship, a Covenant Foundation Grant, 3 Obie Awards, 5 Tony Nominations, a special Pen Citation and a Cine Award.

Barnes and Noble/Astor Place is located at 4 Astor Place between Broadway and Lafayette. This FREE event begins at 7:00 PM.

Added by sbrook on April 25, 2005

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