When he speaks in Woodstock on Nov. 27, Ed Koren, the New Yorker cartoonist and Brookfield, VT resident, will be just a few weeks shy of his 83rd birthday. He was born in New York City, in a hospital on the Upper West Side that later became a Con Edison substation. "I was born in a substation, so electricity was transferred to my hands like a comic-book superhero, and it’s been there ever since," he joked in an interview a few years back.
Maybe it's just the voltaic fuzziness of his drawn lines, but there is something electric about Koren's work. His humor is pointed, though fond, lighting up the foibles and airs of the people he's intimately familiar with: urbanites, Vermonters, and urbanites-who've-become-Vermonters.
These are the subjects of his latest book, Koren. In the Wild, which was published earlier this year. The cartoons were chosen by his publisher at Button Street Press, Margot Zalkind Mayor. "Ed is an exurbanite, so he sees both aspects," she says. "The country folks perceiving the 'flatlanders,' and the urbanites loving Vermont."
Courtesy of Ed Koren and Button Street Press
"Ed is a charming, informative presenter," she adds. "He shows slides of his work, and shares insights into the creation, the idea, the techniques he uses. He welcomes questions about his inspirations and background."
Koren's reading is sponsored by The Yankee Bookshop, and will take place at Woodstock's Norman Williams Public Library on Tuesday, November 27 at 6 pm.