Join the Wellesley Booksmith for an exciting afternoon with author Daniel Handler and artist Maria Kalman as they share their new book for young adults, Why We Broke Up. Written as a letter from Min to her ex-boyfriend Ed, relating all the memories and reasons behind their doomed relationship through a series of mementos, this book follows the thrill and heartbreak of young romance, impeccably illustrated by Maira Kalman. Their will be a reading, Q&A, and signing.Stay tuned to for more exciting information about this event!


I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened. Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.


Daniel Handler has written for grown-ups under his own name and for younger readers under the name Lemony Snicket. He was dumped at least three times in high school.

Maira Kalman, acclaimed artist and designer, has created many books for both grown-ups and children. Her heart was broken in high school by a boy who looked like Bob Dylan.