WASHINGTON — Litchfield County residents Abigail Rockwell and Wendell Minor will discuss the restored 1960 edition of “My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition by Norman Rockwell” at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Rd.
Those who attend will have an opportunity to get their copies signed.
Ms. Rockwell is the famous artist’s granddaughter and editor and author of a new introduction.
The book describes the life of America’s most beloved artist, in his own words, back in print with restored text and drawings, new illustrations,and more.
The wit, humanity and many-sided talent of Mr. Rockwell (1894-1978) are on full display in his classic autobiography.
His New York City boyhood, his apprentice days at the Art Students League, his first fateful visit to the Saturday Evening Post, his adventures abroad and his move to rural Vermont are recounted with a mix of sharp observation and self-deprecating humor.
Throughout, Mr. Rockwell invites the reader into his artistic process.
He introduces his favorite models, candidly reveals his biggest flops and documents the creation of a Post cover step by step.
This definitive edition restores the original 1960 text of “My Adventures as an Illustrator” and the playful vignettes that Mr. Rockwell drew to head each chapter.
Thanks to a image digitization effort undertaken by the Norman Rockwell Museum, it is illustrated with more than 150 of Mr. Rockwell’s paintings and drawings, many of which highlight lesser-known aspects of his work.
Ms. Rockwell is a jazz singer and songwriter.
After her mother’s passing, she joined her father, Thomas Rockwell, to administer the Norman Rockwell Family Agency.
She was instrumental in fighting the fraudulent 2013 biography of her grandfather, “The Artist and Illustrator Norman Rockwell,” writing front page articles for the Huffington Post and the Saturday Evening Post.
After years of investigating her grandfather’s life in the wake of that biography, Ms. Rockwell is now one of the few legitimate Rockwell scholars in the world, along with her father, and recognized as such by Sotheby’s and the National Museum of American Illustration in Rhode Island.
Mr. Minor has illustrated and/or written more than 50 children’s books, many of them award-winners.
He was recently honored as the Norman Rockwell Museum’s 2018-19 Artist Laureate.
He is known for his collaborations with the late Jean Craighead George.
His most recent book, “The Magic of Letters,” written by Tony Johnston, came out in April.
“Hi, I’m Norman,” a children’s picture book biography of Norman Rockwell, written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor, will be released in October.
Mr. Minor serves as a trustee emeritus of the Board of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
This event is free and open to the public.