Kristen Radtke discusses her graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This

Fri 4/21, 7pm – 8pm
Kristen Radtke discusses her graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This

In conversation with Stephanie Elizondo Griest

When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities in the American Midwest, an Icelandic town buried in volcanic ash, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. Along the way, we learn about her family and a rare genetic heart disease that has been passed down through generations, and revisit tragic events in America’s past.

A narrative that is at once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke’s stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: Why are we here, and what will we leave behind?

  Kristen Radtke is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film and video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She lives in New York.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the award-winning author of Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough; 100 Places Every Woman Should Go; and the forthcoming All the Agents & Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. She has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Believer, VQR, and Oxford American. An Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, she has lectured across the globe, including as a U.S. State Department Literary Ambassador to Venezuela. Visit her website at


Event date: 
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101870839
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon Books - April 18th, 2017