Maira Kalman

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.

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Hold On

Thursday, December 08, 2022

Maira Kalman's latest book


Maira Kalman Takes on Cake

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Artist and author Maira Kalman and food writer Barbara Scott-Goodman talk about their book "Cake," an illustrated book dedicated to their mutual love of cakes.


American Icons: Monticello

Thursday, March 09, 2017

This is the home of America’s aspirations and its deepest contradictions.

Guest Picks: Maira Kalman

Friday, October 30, 2015

Artist and author Maira Kalman joined us to talk about her greatest fear-turned-muses, dogs. She also told us that she's in the middle of a 7-year reading course on Proust!


Maira Kalman Must Love Dogs

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Maira Kalman talks dogs! Beloved Dog gives voice to the dogs she adores, from the dogs lovingly illustrated in her acclaimed children’s books to the real-life pets who inspire her.

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NYC's Best Libraries

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jacqueline Woodson and Maira Kalman are joined by librarians from three of NYC Neighborhood Library Awards finalists to talk about books and other services the libraries provide.

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For the Love of Lincoln

Friday, November 09, 2012

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 Lin...

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American Icons: Monticello

Friday, February 17, 2012

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...

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Breaking Up

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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

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The Little Fireboat That Could

Friday, September 09, 2011

Read 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 att...


Walking with Maira Kalman

Friday, March 25, 2011

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. Kalma...

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Maira Kalman Travels Country to Fall Back In Love with America

Friday, November 26, 2010

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.


Pictures from an Election

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A sense of optimism after the 2008 election inspired illustrator Maira Kalman to travel around the country and create images that pay tribute to symbols of the nation's history and pursuits of happiness. She compiled the images in her new book, And the Pursuit of Happiness.

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Maira Kalman’s Principles of Uncertainty

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

In her new illustrated book, Principles of Uncertainty, artist and philosopher Maira Kalman asks some existential questions like -- What is identity? What is happiness? Why do we fight wars?
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Surviving Foster Care

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent much of her childhood bouncing among fourteen different foster homes. She explains how the system failed her, and what she’s doing now to help out today’s foster kids and parents. Also: artist Maira Kalman. Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner. And writers Zadie Smith, Vendela Vida, and George ...


Stingy Brims and a Beaded Bunny

Friday, December 14, 2007

Maira Kalman is an author and illustrator whose work is colorful, funny, and keenly observed -- she gets most of her ideas by simply walking around town. Her latest book, The Principles of Uncertainty is a journal in paint and prose, documenting a year of ...

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Saturday, December 23, 2000

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.


Ornament, Currency, Pregnant Pause

Saturday, December 23, 2000

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.