Author Daniel Handler, artist Maira Kalman get quirky in Wellesley

Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman, Wellesley Books

Author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and illustrator Maira Kalman made a humorous appearance at Wellesley Books on Saturday before a packed downstairs crowd who braved snowy weather to hear the pair discuss their new young adult novel, Why We Broke Up.

The two presented a slideshow sort of related to the book, and featuring Kalman’s photos and illustrations, but mainly used the opportunity to entertain attendees with a witty schtick during which they kept finishing sentences for each other, tweaking the crowd and answering questions. Topics covered ranged from collecting onion rings to the evils of drinking beer and making out, to the world’s most boring mad scientist.  They also had fans take a 25-question true/false test to sort out which of us were romantics (Mr. and Mrs. Swellesley, naturally, are).

Wellesley Books is apparently on a Handler-A-Year program, last year drawing big crowds to a book signing by comedienne/talk show host Chelsea Handler.