We're welcoming New Yorker Cartoonist & Vermont Cartoonist Laureate Edward Koren to Woodstock, with an event at the Norman Williams Public Library in support of his new book.
In his newest collection, Koren. In the Wild, released in late October by Button Street Press, the acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist illustrates country life, exurbanites and the ironies of living in the boonies. His cartoons have Vermonters looking at city folk, and city folk looking at Vermonters.
Koren’s humor, his humanoid and warm and fuzzy and puzzled and brave creatures will delight the reader, country dweller or not. In this latest collection of cartoons on country life, drawn from his porch in Vermont, nothing is sacred: gas stations, vegetarians, parenting, animals, gourmands, country stores…all are examined with the unique perspective and creativity of this brilliant observer (and artist) of “the wild.”
Edward Koren has long been associated with the The New Yorker magazine, where he has published over 1100 cartoons, as well as numerous covers and illustrations. He has also contributed to many other publications, written and illustrated several books for children, and illustrated many more in various genres.
Koren has deep roots in both New York City and Vermont, where he lives with his family and has been a member of the Brookfield VT Volunteer Fire Dept for 30 years. In 2007 he received The Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and served a three-year term as Vermont’s second Cartoonist Laureate (Vermont is the only state in the nation with a Cartoonist Laureate).
New York and Vermont intertwine in Koren’s life and work, where he gleefully practices his exquisite talent for noticing. As he writes in his Artist Notes about his exhibition at Columbia University: “I can never quite believe my luck in stumbling upon riveting mini-dramas taking place within earshot (and eyeshot), a comedy of manners that seems inexhaustible. All kinds of wonderful moments of comedy happen right under my nose.”
The Yankee Bookshop is proud to support the Norman Williams Public Library with book sales for this event. A portion of all book sale proceeds will go straight back to the library we all love.