Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7673
August 29, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU Literary Festival Series 2002-2003 season will open with author and graphic designer Chip Kidd on the evening of Tuesday, September 3, in the Meadows Museum Auditorium. The event will begin at 8 p.m. followed by a book signing and reception outside the auditorium.

Kidd is a graphic designer and writer living in New York City. His book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf helped spawn a revolution in the art of American book packaging. His work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Eye, Print, Entertainment Weekly, The New Republic, Time, The New York Times, Graphis, New York and ID magazines. The latter chose him as part of its first ID 40 group of the nation's top designers and has awarded him "Best of Category, Packaging" twice. In 1997 he received the International Center of Photography's award for Use of Photography in Graphic Design, and he is a regular contributor of visual commentary to the Op-ed page of The New York Times. He has been the design consultant for The Paris Review since 1995, and in 1998 he was made a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Kidd also has written about graphic design and popular culture for numerous publications. His first book, "Batman Collected," was awarded the Design Distinction award from ID magazine. He is the co-author and designer of the two-time Eisner award-winning "Batman Animated." As an editor, Kidd has overseen the publication of Chris Ware's "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth," Dan Clowes' "David Boring" and "The Definitive Book of the Art of Charles Schulz." "The Cheese Monkeys," his first novel, was published in the fall of 2001.

For more information contact Alison Harper, chair of the SMU Literary Festival, at 214-768-4466.