Maira Kalman is an illustrator, author, and designer known for her unique commentaries on politics and contemporary life. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, and columnist for the New York Times, Kalman has also designed clocks, umbrellas, and other accessories for the Museum of Modern Art, fabric for Isaac Mizrahi, accessories for Kate Spade, and sets for the Mark Morris Dance Company.

Under the pen name Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler is the author of the popular series-turned-Hollywood-blockbuster, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Under his given name, he is the author of three novels: The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs. Handler has written for The New York Times, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Chickfactor, and various anthologies.

Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler discuss their latest collaboration, the illustrated novel, Why We Broke Up, about a star crossed teenage love affair.

With support from ArtsEngine and Living Arts.

This lecture took place on January 26, 2012 as part of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design's Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

All programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit: art-design.umich.edu/stamps

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