Pop-Up Book Launch & Wolf Kahn
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Oct. 4, 2022, 05:00 pm
Join us for the official launch of Mason Goes Mushrooming, a new children’s book by Melany Kahn and Ellen Korbonski, published by Brattleboro’s Green Writers Press. The daughter of artist Wolf Kahn, Melany inherited her passion for foraging from her father, who spent summers and falls scouring the woods surrounding his hillside farm in southern Vermont for signs of morels, chanterelles, porcini, matsutakes, and other species of edible fungi.
Copies of Mason Goes Mushrooming will be available for purchase at the launch, and Melany Kahn and Ellen Korbonski will be on hand to sign them. As October 4 would have been Wolf Kahn’s 95th birthday, cake and refreshments will be served!
About Melany Kahn and Ellen Korbonski, Melany Kahn is a second-generation forager who learned from her parents, the late abstract painter Emily Mason and the late landscape painter Wolf Kahn. Since 2002, she has volunteered to lead school groups, mushroom clubs, and nature center groups on woodland walks to gather and identify edible mushrooms. Her son Mason is now attending college in Colorado, where he continues his love of mushrooming. She holds a B.A. in English/creative writing from Wesleyan University, a master’s in social work from Boston College, and an M.F.A. in film from The Tisch School at NYU, where she met her illustration collaborator, Ellen Korbonski.
Ellen Korbonski, a native of Los Angeles, has lived and worked in New York City for over thirty years. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Ellen attended the NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ MFA in Filmmaking. Ellen has worked for 25 years as a graphic designer. After the birth of her first child, Ellen landed a job at a children’s picture book publisher. She fell in love with the genre and became an illustrator. This is her debut picture book. Ellen lives in Harlem with her jazz-pianist husband, Helio Alves, and two amazing daughters.
This is an in-person event.