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Posts Tagged ‘Maira Kalman’

E.L. Doctorow, Maira Kalman & Ransom Riggs Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

hollowcity_final_72dpiWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending January 19, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Children’s Fiction Series) Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs: “This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.” (January 2014)

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NYPL Library Shop Features ‘Book Pickings’ Window Display

The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building library shop currently features a “Book Pickings” window display. Brain Pickings blogger Maria Popova curated the display.

Popova enlisted artist Kelli Anderson to create 3-D sculptures of several beloved books. Some of the books spotlighted in this display include George Orwell’s Why I WriteAndrew Zuckerman’s Creature, and Maira Kalman’s What Pete Ate From A-Z.

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Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman on Why We Broke Up

On Valentine’s Day, people remember both their favorite love stories and their most memorable breakup stories.

Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler and celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman just published Why We Broke Up, a young adult novel about why a couple named Ed and Min ended their relationship. GalleyCat caught up with these creators to find out more.

Q: What was the inspiration behind Why We Broke Up?

Daniel Handler (DH): I asked Maira what she wanted to paint, and she said ‘Ordinary objects.’ There are two ways ordinary objects become magical: when infused with romantic memory, and when painted by Maria Kalman.

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Why Maira Kalman Would Have Dated Abraham Lincoln

Illustrator and author Maira Kalman has worked for years as a visual columnist at the New York Times,  writing her illustrated Opinion column. While touring with her new book, And The Pursuit Of Happiness, she told television host Stephen Colbert why she would date Abraham Lincoln. Watch the complete interview in the video embedded above.

In the book, her portrait of Lincoln  includes the words: “I looked deep into his eyes and found.” Kalman added: “I thought he would be the most incredible boyfriend. If I were married to him instead of Mary Todd Lincoln, the whole history would’ve been a whole different thing.”

The book’s cover features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Other illustrations include Thomas Jefferson‘s bed and an “incredible pie” she encountered at an army base.  (Via Huffington Post)

Lemony Snicket Rides Again at Little, Brown

handler.jpegToday Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced that they will publish a mysterious new series by novelist Lemony Snicket (pictured), the pseudonymous author’s first new series since the blockbuster “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books. The series will feature four hardcover titles, and the first book will appear in 2012.

Snicket is the pen name for Daniel Handler, who will also be publishing a young adult novel under his own name with Little, Brown. It will be illustrated by Maira Kalman, and is set for 2011 release. Handler followed his editor, Susan Rich, from HarperCollins. She now serves as editor-at-large at Little, Brown.

Publisher Megan Tingley played along with the joke in a statement: “We are proud to be joining forces with this literary genius along with the talented Mr. Handler, Ms. Kalman, and Ms. Rich. While I wish I could tell you more, I’m afraid I have been sworn to secrecy, but trust me: These will be highly inventive and entertaining works that will enthrall Lemony Snicket’s legions of fans as well as firmly establish Mr. Handler as a force to be reckoned with in the world of young adult literature.”