David L. Carlson and Landis Blair, The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry | Newberry

David L. Carlson and Landis Blair, The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

Meet the Author
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

6 to 7:30 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Open to the Public
Meet the Author

It was a hunting accident—that much Charlie is sure of. That’s how his father, Matt Rizzo—a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille—had lost his vision. It’s not until Charlie’s troubled teenage years, when he’s facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth.


Matt Rizzo was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood—but it was while participating in an armed robbery.


Newly blind and without hope, Matt began his bleak new life at Stateville Prison. But in this unlikely place, Matt’s life and very soul were saved by one of America’s most notorious killers: Nathan Leopold Jr., of the infamous Leopold and Loeb.


From David L. Carlson and Landis Blair comes the unbelievable true story of a father, a son, and remarkable journey from despair to enlightenment, in the graphic novel, The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry.


After their talk, Carlson and Blair will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase.


Explore the inventory of Matt Rizzo’s papers in the Newberry collection.


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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; registration required.


Register online using this form by 3 pm Wednesday, February 21.


Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. If seats remain available, non-registered individuals will be permitted to enter about ten minutes before the event’s start. Questions? Contact us at publicprograms@newberry.org or 312-255-3610.