In 1997, a French safari guide and an American travel writer met in the Serengeti. They fell in love, got married, and moved to Randolph, Vermont, where they opened an art gallery. They called the gallery Korongo, the Swahili word for canyon. In the back of the gallery, they made books, using a laser printer, a contraption called The Guillotine, and a stapler. In 2012, they began spending winters in France. They closed the gallery, but continued making books.
PATRICK TEXIER and SARA TUCKER, cofounders
Patrick grew up in France and lived in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Togo before moving to America, homeland of his maternal grandfather, a painter. He is the author and illustrator of two children’s books: Elfie: The Elephant Who Dreamed of Becoming a Ballerina, and Do You Speak Lion?
Sara grew up in Randolph, went to New York, and worked for Cosmopolitan, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, and a bunch of other publishers before moving back to her hometown and starting a writers group for her mom. She is the author of Becoming Madame Texier, a story about a family that moves around a lot (Korongo Books, 2020).