Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler come together at the Herbst Theatre for a chat with the public Friday, February 3 to assumedly discuss at length not only their recent collaborative effort— two works of young adult fiction 13 Words and Why We Broke Up—but also delve into their own separate artistic endeavors.
Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, is the world famous author of a grim collection of sardonic children’s novels, A Series of Unfortunate Events, written under his nom de plume. Children of the nineties (and some adults too) have gleefully read and followed the misadventures of the hapless Baudlaire orphans and the series has been so well-liked it has been recently adapted for cinema audiences. Under his own surname, Handler has published three adult novels: The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth and the latest, a collection of interlocking short stories, entitled Adverbs. He is also known for his accordion playing on the indie classic 69 Love Songs, a three album compilation by The Magnetic Fields.
Kalman likewise has written and illustrated a number of children’s books and is a distinguished industrial designer, popular online columnist for the New York Times and contributor to the New Yorker. Her artwork has oft graced the cover of a number of eminent print publications; and in 2005, she brought some visual sparkle to Strunk and White’s starch Elements of Style. Most recently she has ripened up Michael Pollan’s Food Rules with a tantalizing medley of hand-drawn fruits and vegetables.