Maira Kalman, author of And the Pursuit of Happiness, on tour October/November 2010

Posted By on July 22, 2010

About And the Pursuit of Happiness

• Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (October 14, 2010)

Energized and inspired by the 2008 elections, beloved artist and author Maira Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., on inauguration day, launching a national tour that would take her from a town hall meeting in Newfane, Vermont, to the inner chambers of the Supreme Court. AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (The Penguin Press; October 18, 2010) is the result of this wholly idiosyncratic journey, a yearlong investigation of democracy and how it works.

With the delightful Kalman as our travel companion, we fall in love with Lincoln as she imagines making a home for herself in the center of his magisterial memorial; ponder Alexis de Toqueville’s America, witness the inner workings of a Bronx middle-school student council; take a high-speed lesson in great American women in the National Portrait Gallery; and consider the cost of war to the brave American service families of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Democracy, Kalman discovers, is at work all around us.

Equal parts informative and charming, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS is a remarkable tribute to our history and a powerful reminder of the potential our future holds, from a true national treasure.

About Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman is an illustrator, author, and designer. She is the author of The Principles of Uncertainty and she illustrated the bestselling edition of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. Ms. Kalman’s twelve children’s books include Max Makes a Million, Stay Up Late, Swami on Rye, and What Pete Ate. She also has designed fabric for Isaac Mizrahi, accessories for Kate Spade, sets for the Mark Morris Dance Company, and, with her late husband Tibor Kalman under the M&Co. label, clocks, umbrellas, and other accessories for the Museum of Modern Art. Ms. Kalman’s work is shown at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan.

Find out more about Ms. Kalman’s work at her website, and be sure to check out her blog in the New York Times.

Maira Kalman’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Thursday, October 14th: Suko’s Notebook

Monday, October 18th: Rundpinne

Wednesday, October 20th: Library Queue

Friday, October 22nd: Chaotic Compendiums

Wednesday, October 27th: Daydream Believer

Thursday, October 28th: 1330v

Friday, November 5th: sfgirlbybay

Thursday, November 11th: Booksie’s Blog

Friday, November 14th: Eleanor’s Trousers

Monday, November 15th: Books Like Breathing

Wednesday, November 17th: Sophisticated Dorkiness

Thursday, November 18th: Joyfully Retired

Friday, November 19th: Drey’s Library

Friday, November 19th: Nonsuch Book

TBD: Til We Read Again

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