Guest Cartoonist: Liza Donnelly
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Cost: Included in Museum Admission
Meet, watch, and talk to award-winning cartoonist for The New Yorker, Liza Donnelly. She will discuss and sign her book, Very Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Women Cartoonists (a brand new edition of 2005’s Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons). Very Funny Ladies is updated with new information, additional chapters, more cartoons, and a foreword by Editor David Remnick and Cartoon Editor Emma Allen.
About the Book
Very Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Women Cartoonists by Liza Donnelly (Prometheus Books, February 2022) 978-1-63388-686-5 • Hardback • $31.95 • 256 pages
It’s no secret that most New Yorker readers flip through the magazine to look at the cartoons before they ever lay eyes on a word of the text. But what isn’t generally known is that over the decades a growing cadre of women artists have contributed to the witty, memorable cartoons that readers look forward to each week. Now Liza Donnelly, herself a renowned cartoonist with the New Yorker for more than twenty years, has written this wonderful, in-depth celebration of women cartoonists who have graced the pages of the famous magazine from the Roaring Twenties to the present day.
Very Funny Ladies reveals never-before-published material from The New Yorker archives, including correspondence from Harold Ross, Katharine White, and many others. This book is a history of the women of the past who drew cartoons and a celebration of the recent explosion of new talent from cartoonists who are women. Donnelly interviewed many of the living female cartoonists and some of their male counterparts: Roz Chast, Liana Finck, Amy Hwang, Victoria Roberts, Sam Gross, Lee Lorenz, Michael Maslin, as well as editors and writers such as David Remnick, Roger Angell, Harriet Walden (legendary founder Harold Ross’s secretary). The New Yorker Senior Editor David Remnick and Cartoon Editor Emma Allen contributed an insightful foreword.
About Liza Donnelly
Liza Donnelly has been a writer and award-winning cartoonist for The New Yorker for over 30 years. When she started, she was one of only four cartoonists who are women being published by the magazine at that time. Donnelly is the author of 18 books, both for adults and children. She is a contributor in writing and cartoons for a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, CBS, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, Politico, and many more. She was a mainstage TED speaker, delivering a talk that was translated into 40 languages and received 1.5 million online views. She was a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, traveling internationally to speak about freedom of expression and women’s rights. Donnelly taught at Vassar College and was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Connecticut. She lives in New York.