Author Talk

Maira Kalman in Conversation


Thursday, October 20, 2022
6:30 – 8 pm EDT
Scheuer Auditorium

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Join us for an in-person conversation to celebrate the release of Maira Kalman’s most recent publication Women Holding Things. Kalman considers the many things that fit physically and metaphorically between women’s hands: we see a woman hold a book, hold shears, hold children, hold a grudge, hold up, hold her own. In visually telling their stories, Kalman lays bare the essence of women’s lives—their tenacity, courage, vulnerability, hope, and pain. Ultimately, she reveals that many of the things we hold dear—as well as those that burden or haunt us—remain constant and connect us from generation to generation. Kalman’s unique work is a celebration of life, of the act and the art of living, offering an original way of examining and understanding all that is important in our world—and ultimately within ourselves.

Kalman will be joined in conversation by Shira Backer, Leon Levy Associate Curator, the Jewish Museum. This program will be followed by a book sale and signing.

About the Author:

Maira Kalman illustrated William Strunk Jr’s classic The Elements of Style and is the author of My Favorite Things, Principles of Uncertainty, and And the Pursuit of Happiness. She is also the author/illustrator of numerous children’s books, and her artwork has graced a dozen covers of The New Yorker.

Tickets: $22 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Members
Includes Museum Admission; doors open at 6 pm.

All attendees will be required to wear a mask during this onsite program.

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Cover Design for “Women Holding Things”

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