Cultural Corner welcomes David Cook – author and illustrator of Nort’s Stories, for a book signing Nov. 18.

Cultural Corner welcomes David Cook – author and illustrator of Nort’s Stories, for a book signing Nov. 18. Cook was born and raised in Chillicothe, Mo. He is the son of the late John Cook and Barbara Cook. David currently lives with his wife and three children in Kirksville, where he teaches 7th and 8th grade science at William Matthew Middle School. He has a B.S. in Biology from Truman State University, a master’s in education from the University of Central Missouri, and a master’s in religious education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cook also spent three years with the International Mission Board in Gatchina, Russia, where he taught English as a foreign language, as well as worked with the local Baptist church in youth and children’s outreach. Cook’s love for writing and illustrating began as a young child and developed into a series of faith-based stories featuring his signature character Nort. “Nort is a character that I started drawing when I was in elementary school,” Cook said. “At that time he was a little green dinosaur. When I was in high school, I often used that basic design and drew classmates and teachers. He has appeared in various forms through the years, but recently I used him as one of the main figures in my book “Nort's Stories.” Cook will be at the Cultural Corner for a book signing on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 1 until 3 p.m., featuring his recent book Nort’s Stories (Enter the world of Nort & Anne as they teach their two sons, Sebastian and Fredrick , what it truly means to bring glory to God in everything they do). At 2 p.m., “Nort’s Christmas Story” will be told while being illustrated. While decorating the Christmas tree, the children ask Nort to tell them a story. What do cookies thrown in the snow, a single present under the tree and a house fire have to do with Christmas? Come find out – this is the first time this story will be shared in public. Find out more info about Nort’s Stories at or for more information about this event contact Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery at 660-240-5022 or stop by at 424 Locust Street.