The singular Maira Kalman will be gracing Chevalier's Books for her illustrated edition of Gertrude Stein's THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS. 

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Considered one of the richest and most irreverent biographies in history, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was written by Gertrude Stein in the style and voice of her life partner, Alice B. Toklas. Published in 1933 and narrated by Alice, this autobiography begins with her initial move to France in 1907, the day after which she meets Gertrude, sparking a relationship that lasts for nearly four decades. Recounting the vibrant and literary life the two make for themselves among the Parisian avant-garde, Alice opens the doors to the prominent salons they held in their home at rue de Fleurus, hosting fellow expatriate American writers such as Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound as well as artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Man Ray, and speaks of the twilight of the Paris belle epoque.

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Maira Kalman is an illustrator, author, and designer. She is the author of Beloved Dog, And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principles of Uncertainty, and the illustrator and co-author of Cake. She is the illustrator of Michael Pollan's Food Rules and the bestselling edition of William Strunk and E. B. White's The Elements of Style. Kalman’s work is represented by Julie Saul Projects in Manhattan.

She is brilliant and we, at Chevalier's Books, love her.


What is the parking situation?

There is metered parking in front of the bookstore as well as a parking garage down the street (next to the Rite Aid) which closes at 9PM. There is also plenty of street parking available in the neighborhoods a short walk south of 1st Street and Larchmont Blvd.

How will the signing order work?

The signing line will be organized first come, first serve. When you arrive at the store, please check in with a Chevalier's staff member who will provide you your copy of the book as well as a signing number.

How will seating work?

Seating will be first come, first serve and reserved for ticket holders only.

Can I bring books I already own to be signed also?

Yes! There is currently no limit on how many books the author will be willing to sign/personalize. When you check in, please show your books to a Chevalier's staff member who will help you prep them for signing.

Here's the thing...

If you're getting a book signed at Chevalier's, please purchase it at Chevalier's.

Our events are free, and we welcome anyone and everyone to enjoy a night of riveting intellectual discussion. We are, however, a small independent bookstore, and we rely on event revenues to continue hosting them. So, if you're going to get a book signed,please purchase that book here. This way, we can keep the spectacular nights coming.