Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved, with her family, to New York at the age of four.
She has written and illustrated eighteen children’s books, including Ooh-la-la-Max in Love, 13 WORDS, a collaboration with Lemony Snicket, Why We Broke Up, with Daniel Handler, Looking at Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.
A frequent contributor to The New Yorker Magazine, Maira is currently creating an illustrated column based on travels to museums and libraries.
She has created two monthly online columns for the New York Times. The first, The Principles of Uncertainty (2006-07), was a narrative journal of her life. The second, And the Pursuit of Happiness (2009) was a year-long exploration of American History and democracy. Both columns are now collected in book form and published by the Penguin Press.
Maira currently lives in Manhattan.