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The Hard Tomorrow--An Evening with Eleanor Davis

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Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes graphic novelist Eleanor Davis with The Hard Tomorrow, her gorgeous and empathetic story of one couple's search for hope and a peaceful future.

Hannah is a thirty-something wife, home-health worker, and antiwar activist. Her husband, Johnny, is a stay-at-home pothead working—or “working”—on building them a house before the winter chill sets in. They’re currently living and screwing in the back of a truck, hoping for a pregnancy, which seems like it will never come. Legs in the air, for a better chance at conception, Hannah scans fertility Reddits while Johnny dreams about propagating plants—kale, tomatoes—to ensure they have sufficient sustenance should the end times come, which, given their fragile democracy strained under the weight of a carceral state and the risk of horrible war, doesn’t seem so far off. Helping Hannah in her fight for the future is her best friend Gabby, a queer naturalist she idolizes and who adores her. Helping Johnny build the house is Tyler, an off-the-grid conspiracy theorist driven sick by his own cloudy notions of reality.

Told with tenderness and care in an undefined near future, Eleanor Davis’s The Hard Tomorrow blazes unrestrained, as moments of human connection are doused in fear and threats. Her astute projections probe at current anxieties in a cautionary tale that begs the question: What will happen after tomorrow?

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5. 

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Charis Books and More
184 S. Candler St.
Decatur, GA 30030
The Hard Tomorrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770463738
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 8th, 2019

The gorgeous and empathetic story of one couple’s search for hope and a peaceful future

How to Be Happy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606997406
Availability: Backordered
Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 3rd, 2014

Eleanor Davis'sHow to be Happy is the artist's first collection of graphic/literary short stories. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she's drawn for such curatorial venues as Mome and No-Brow, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts.

Libby's Dad Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940398525
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Retrofit Comics - September 21st, 2016

You & a Bike & a Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9781927668405
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Koyama Press - May 16th, 2017

In 2016, acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis documented her cross-country bike tour as it happened. The immediacy of Davis' comics journal makes for an incredible chronicle of human experience on the most efficient and humane form of human transportation.

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