Liza Donnelly Visited Mendota on October 15, 2005


Liza Donnelly visited the Hume-Carnegie Museum, 901 Washington St., Mendota, IL on Saturday, October 15, 2005 from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. She chatted with those wishing to meet her and also signed purchased books.

She was the keynote speaker at the annual Heritage Dinner sponsored by Mendota Museum & Historical Society.  It was held in the Mendota Elks Club on Illinois Ave., downtown Mendota.


Liza Donnelly has been a cartoonist for the New Yorker for twenty-six years. She was written and illustrated a series of children's books about dinosaurs.

Realizing the minority status of women in the field of cartoonists, and having done research on gender and humor, Liza began her book.

This book is of great interest to the Mendota Museum & Historical Society as some cartoons and writings in the book deal with Mendota's own cartoonist, Helen Hokinson. Helen graduated from Mendota High School. More information on Helen may be found at this site by clicking on the link "Famous People from Mendota."

Liza's book is available at both the Hume-Carnegie and Union Depot Railroad Museums' Gift Shops.

Everybody loves Funny Ladies!...

"This smorgasbord of New Yorker cartoons by women is delectable, but it Liza Donnelly's biographical background to these artists, and her behind-the scene stories of life at that magazine, that turns Funny Ladies into a memorable meal." Edward Sorel, writer and caricaturist

"Liza Donnellly is not just a pretty face. Funny Ladies is a hoot." Frank Modell, New Yorker cartoonist

"A long overdue examination of the contributions of women artists to The New Yorker cartoon tradition by one of its talented practitioners." Robert Mankoff, Cartoon Editor, The New Yorker Magazine

"From Helen Hokinson to Roz Chast, some of the new Yorker's cleverest and most original cartoonists have been women. Liza Donnelly dusts off the archives and brings the famous and the forgotten back into the light. Next time someone tells you women aren't funny, give them this book and watch them try not to laugh!" Katha Pollitt, Nation Columnist

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