New Yorker Staff Cartoonist Roz Chast to Speak at Pathways Hospice One from the Heart Breakfast

Sunnyvale, CA — August 28, 2014 – Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist and brilliant interpreter of everyday life through humor and wit, will be the featured speaker at the 24th Annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast which is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2014, 7:30-9:30 a.m., at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto, California.

Roz-Chast-Book-CoverChast will speak about her career as a cartoonist and her recently published graphic memoir, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant. With cartoons and family photos, Chast creates a touching portrait of her relationship with her aging parents, their final years and how she, as an only child, learned to be their caregiver.

“I wrote this book to help others in the same situation as they cope with aging parents; as their lives shift from independence to dependence,” Chast told Pathways in a telephone interview.

Since being published in May 2014, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 12 weeks now with 2 wRoeeks in the #1 spot. It is currently #2 on the San Francisco Chronicle’s list. Since the book’s publication , Roz Chast has been on All Things Considered, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and Forum with Michael Krasny.

Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn and received a BFA in 1977 from Rhode Island School of Design. In 1978, she became one of the youngest staff cartoonists at The New Yorker, which has continually published her work for 34 years. She has provided cartoons for some 50 magazines and has written or illustrated more than a dozen books. She has been awarded several honorary degrees, and in 2012, she received the New York City Literary Honor in Humor from Mayor Bloomberg. Chast lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her family and several parrots.

In addition to the featured speaker, a highlight of the Pathways benefit breakfast is the presentation of the One from the Heart Award to an individual who has made a significant contribution to hospice care in our community. Each year, this event attracts more than 600 corporate and community leaders medical professionals, and friends of Pathways who support hospice and end-of-life care.

For more information about Pathways Home Health & Hospice’s One from the Heart Awards Breakfast, call Holly Smith at 408.773.4109 or 408.730.1200. E-mail or visit

About Pathways Home Health & Hospice

Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit, community based organization which has served the Bay Area for over 37 years. Pathways was founded in 1977 by a group of Stanford physicians who saw the community’s need for professional care at home. That first year Pathways served 12 patients. Pathways now serves over 5,000 families a year in San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties.

Affiliated with El Camino and Sequoia Hospitals since 1986, Pathways Home Health & Hospice is accredited by The ACHC, and is a member of the Visiting Nurse Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the California Association of Health Services at Home. Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a designated 2013 HomeCare Elite Agency for Quality Care.

For more information about Pathways services, grief workshops, volunteering, or making a donation in support of Pathways’ families, call 1-888-755-7855 or visit