Sherman and Jess talk rejection and unfinished work to open the show. Jess says the goal for his writing is to reach the batting average of a 1970s shortstop, or the Literary Mendoza Line, as Sherman calls it.
Jess then reads from a work tentatively called Creek Rage Sky, while Sherman reads from Radioactive Love Song, the unreleased follow-up (“Coming in 2009!” according to the preview copy) to his best-selling young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Later, they welcome graphic novelist Ellen Forney, illustrator of the latter and author of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir, which is about her struggle with bipolar disorder. The three talk about dealing with depression and what makes for “a good artistic day.”