DAVID SIPRESS was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Williams College in 1968 and then studied Russian History in the Department of Soviet Studies at Harvard University, leaving before completing his degree to pursue a career as a cartoonist. He was the weekly cartoonist of the Boston Phoenix newspaper for twenty-five years and has been a staff cartoonist at the New Yorker since 1998, publishing nearly seven hundred cartoons in the magazine. During the presidential election in 2012, he became the first Daily Cartoonist on the New Yorker website, and repeated as Daily Cartoonist in 2014 and twice in 2016, covering the presidential primaries and the national election. His cartoons have also appeared in Time, the Washington Post, Harper’s, and numerous other publications and related websites. Sipress has published eight collections of his cartoons and his drawings appear in many New Yorker cartoon collections. Sipress was the co-creator, writer, and host of “Conversations with Cartoonists,” a series of onstage interviews with New Yorker artists, including Roz Chast, Gahan Wilson, George Booth and many others, at Dixon Place Theater.
LORI ROTSKOFF is a cultural historian, writer, educator, and public speaker specializing in memoirs and narrative nonfiction; childhood and youth; women’s and gender studies; and arts and culture. She studied history and literature at Northwestern University and earned a PhD in American Studies at Yale.