Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist and amateur historian. She has published five graphic novels and does monthly history comics for The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine. Her most recent book is Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City (Black Dog & Leventhal). Here is New York, as you’ve never seen it before. A perfectly charming, sidesplittingly funny, intellectually entertaining illustrated history of the blocks, the buildings, and the guts of New York City, based on Julia Wertz’s popular illustrated columns in The New Yorker and Harper’s. In Tenements, Towers & Trash, Julia Wertz takes us behind the New York that you think you know. With drawings and comics in her signature style, Wertz regales us with streetscapes “Then and Now” and little-known tales. From bars, bakeries, and bookstores to food carts, street cleaners, and apartments both cramped and grand, Tenements, Towers & Trash is a wild ride in a time machine taxi from the present-day city to bygone days of yore. Drinking at the Movies (Koyama Press) is Wertz’s critically acclaimed first graphic memoir in a new format, with a brand-new sketchbook from Wertz, and an introduction by Janeane Garofalo. But don’t worry; we haven’t replaced any of the wrenching and ribald, whiskey-soaked coming-of-age tale. This is Wertz at her best, which is sometimes her worst.