Maira Kalman is an artist, best known for her illustrations of childrens books and the 2005 edition of The Elements of Style. She has created covers for The New Yorker, and is also the author 2009's And the Pursuit of Happiness, an illustrated year-long blog for the New York Times.
With the new Steven Spielberg biopic "Lincoln," Louis CK’s Abe Lincoln parody for Saturday Night Live, the big budget summer release "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," lots of new Lincoln books, and the 150th anniversary of the civil war, it seems the 16th president is hotter than ever. Is he? Or has he always been on fire? James Cornelius, a museum curator, and Maira Kalman, an author, explain.
This is the home of America’s aspirations and its deepest contradictions. Thomas Jefferson was as passionate about building his house as he was about founding the United States. Yet Monticello was a plantation worked by slaves, some of them Jefferson’s own children.
Drawing on their own experiences with heartbreak, writer Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) joins forces with illustrator Maira Kalman on his new novel for young adults, Why We Broke Up (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011) and the accompanying website project. The story is told through the objects -- a matchbox, a movie poster, a pennant -- left behind after the couple parted. What mementos of past loves have you kept?
READINGS: January 18 at 7PM at Barnes & Noble Union Square; January 19 at 7PM at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn
Maira Kalman has written and illustrated more than a dozen books, for children and adults. In the months following 9/11, when a friend suggested she write a book about the attacks, she said, “Absolutely not. I'm in the world of humor. This is a very sad story and it's very intense ...
The artist and illustrator Maira Kalman has produced countless magazine covers, written a dozen books for children, and produced a great visual blog for the New York Times site. Kalman gets many of her ideas from taking walks. Everywhere she goes — and she travels a lot — all kinds of unusual people and their hats and shoes and pets are constantly catching her eye.
All week long we have been talking about the idea of "home," and the physical attributes and emotional attachments we have to our homes.
We end our series by talking with artist and writer Maira Kalman. She is the author of “And the Pursuit of Happiness,” a compilation of her year-long journey for our partner, The New York Times, to explore her adopted home, America. Kalman was not born in the United States, but she traveled the country to fall back in love.
Kurt Andersen and illustrator and author Maira Kalman look at the ornaments that surround us, from tattoos to Christmas lights to gargoyles. We'll also hear a graphic designer weigh in on the new five-dollar bill and explore the power of the dramatic pause.
Kurt Andersen and author Maira Kalman talk about her recent book (un)Fashion (Harry N. Abrahms, 2000), which is full of photos of the way people ornament themselves accidentally and on purpose all over the planet.