FRESH AYERS: David L. Carlson & Landis Blair - "The Hunting Accident" - Bill Ayers & Charlie Rizzo

Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
David L. Carlson
Author David L. Carlson and Illustrator Landis Blair discuss The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry. They will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers and Charlie Rizzo.
 
At 57th Street Books
 
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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.
 
About the author: David L. 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.
 
About the illustrator: Landis Blair is a pen and ink illustrator, based in Chicago and known in the independent comic scene for his heavily cross-hatched drawings and delightfully morbid picture books. His projects include The Trial: A Choose Your Own Kafka Adventure, The Hunting Accident, and illustrating From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.
 
About Bill Ayers: Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy.
 
About the interlocutor: Charlie Rizzo is the son of Matt Rizzo. He has spent the last 30 years attempting to tell his father's story. He also owns a glass art company in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, Skyline Design.
Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637