Word Presents Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro

01/06/2022 - 7:30pm

In-store book talk for Free Speech Handbook 

This is a ticketed, in-person event. Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of the book OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only. 

Seating is limited to allow for social distancing. Masks are required throughout the entirety of the event. Your name, address and phone number will be collected for contact tracing purposes. Do not attend the event if you are feeling ill. Location and time subject to change.

Due to the recent "Key to NYC" mandates, we will be requiring proof of vaccination to attend this event. Acceptable proof includes:

NJ Docket Pass


Excelsior Pass

CDC Vaccination Card (or photo)

NYC Vaccination Record

An official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S

For more information visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines-keytonyc.page


About the Book

In Free Speech Handbook, a new nonfiction graphic novel from First Second’s World Citizen Comics series, media lawyer Ian Rosenberg and artist Mike Cavallaro create a practical framework for understanding where our free speech protections have come from and how they may develop in the future.

Freedom of speech is perhaps the most American of virtues. In a nation where everyone wants to speak and be heard, this First Amendment right is vital to our identity and our democracy. These rights have been advanced by people who spoke out and fought in our nation’s highest court, with each decision refining and reshaping what exactly “free speech” means. In Free Speech Handbook, Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro brilliantly trace this turbulent history across ten seminal Supreme Court cases while drawing parallels with more recent controversies. Rosenberg’s straightforward language combines with Cavallaro’s bold and bright art to create an accessible and engaging crash course on the meaning, reach, and limits of our free speech rights. 

Each chapter in Free Speech Handbook focuses on a contemporary free speech question—from student walkouts for gun safety to Colin Kaepernick’s “Take a Knee” protests, from Nazis marching in Charlottesville to social media trolls— and then tells the story of the people behind the key Supreme Court case that provides the answers. Together these fascinating stories create a practical framework for understanding where our free speech protections originated and how they can evolve in the future. Free Speech Handbook is a tool for fighting authoritarianism, protecting our democracy, and bringing an appreciation of free speech law to people of all ages.


About the Speakers

Ian Rosenberg has over twenty years of experience as a media lawyer, and has worked as legal counsel for ABC News since 2003. He graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and magna cum laude from Cornell Law School. Rosenberg is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, and teaches media law at Brooklyn College. He is the author of The Fight for Free Speech (NYU Press 2021), which Kirkus called in a starred review, “Essential reading for journalists, political activists, and ordinary citizens alike."

Mike Cavallaro is from New Jersey and has worked in comics and animation since the early 1990s. His comics include Eisner Award–nominated Parade (with fireworks), The Life and Times of Savior 28 (written by J.M. DeMatteis), Foiled and Curses! Foiled Again (written by Jane Yolen), Decelerate Blue (written by Adam Rapp), and the Nico Bravo series (a 2019 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids selection).

Grady Hendrix is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Final Girl Support GroupThe Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying VampiresMy Best Friend's Exorcism, and more. He's the co-author of Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, the first graphic novel cookbook, alongside chef Amanda Cohen and artist Ryan Dunlavey, with whom he also wrote the comic strip Li'l Women. His history of the horror paperback boom of the '70s and '80s, Paperbacks from Hell, won the Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction. You can learn more useless facts about him at www.gradyhendrix.com

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Free Speech Handbook: A Practical Framework for Understanding Our Free Speech Protections (World Citizen Comics) Cover Image
By Ian Rosenberg, Mike Cavallaro (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250619754
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: First Second - November 30th, 2021

In this volume of the World Citizen Comics series, Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro create a practical framework for appreciating where our free speech protections have come from and how they may develop in the future.

$5 admission voucher to this event. Your voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store on the night of the event only.