We're honored to present a reading list given to us by one of our heroes, Cecilia Dean. Cecilia is co-founder of Visionaire, possibly the most inventive and consistently astounding quarterlies ever to exist. Her summer reading list reads like a catalogue of fascinating survivors. Thanks Cecelia!
Petra Börner is a Swedish artist and illustrator, currently based in London. We're thrilled she took the time to offer up this remarkable reading list. In it, Petra shares her favorites & influences, with images of her books inventively made into scanner art for this feature...
We first became aware of designer Krzysztof Lukasik in 2012, from his extraordinary diploma project, Pétrifications. We've watched his work progress since then to where he is now, the Jewellery, Gifts, Accessories, Eyewear & SLG Senior Designer at legendary luxury house Loewe. Here, he shares his summer reading.
Vita Yang is a Taipei-based illustrator whose first charming and original work we first encountered on Instagram. Her work has been featured by an impressive array of fashion & design brands, and we were delighted when Vita sent this reading list, including drawings of each book...
We're happy to present this stunning plant-related reading list by Jai & Julia, founders of The Perennial Institute. It's a dream list for anyone interested in the intersection of plant life & contemporary creative practice. Thanks, Jai & Julka!
We're pleased to present our 7th year of collecting Summer Reading Lists. As in the past, we've got book recommendations coming from a range of artists, writers, shopkeepers, designers, and other interesting people we admire. And, as usual, we're starting off with a list by Book/Shop founder Erik Heywood. We'll post new lists every few weeks here on The Book/Shop Journal, so check back often. You can also explore past lists here. Happy Reading!
Kirsten Chen has worked both in the shop & behind the scenes at Book/Shop since the summer of 2016. A student at UC Berkeley, Kirsten is pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses on art history and industrial engineering & operations research. She's also a constant world-traveller, helping out with Book/Shop events & projects in between her intense studies, long trips & internships at places like Visionaire. Thanks, Kirsten!
Ogden Olivas picks up the next entry in our Staff Recommendations feature, where we ask a worker, past or present, to share a book recommendation, as well as a few suggestions for enjoying the book. Ogden is a student of photography and ecology at California College of the Arts. He went from being a frequent customer at our Oakland shop to a helper there in the autumn of 2017. Born in Santa Fe, Ogden is a citizen of the world who has lived everywhere and reads everything (as you'll see in his multiple recommendations). He's also an experienced fencer who we've made Book/Shop's first sponsored athlete. Thanks, Ogden!
Brianna D'Estries is a third-year Legal Studies student at UC Berkeley who has helped at the shop since early 2017. Born in California, she was educated at a French International School, where she became fluent in the language (her French mother also helped!). Brianna loves books of lyric poetry and heady theory, and so the book she chose as part of our ongoing series [see others here!] came as no surprise. Thanks, Brianna!
Karen Schaupeter is the brilliant mind behind Ed. Varie, a pioneering art gallery, publisher, and bookstore with locations in New York and Los Angeles. Karen's work extends beyond the walls of her spaces, though; her work as a stylist is extensive, with dozens of books and ad campaigns to her credit. We're excited to jump into her recommendations, covering everything from rock music to Japanese design, social justice and family dynamics. Thanks, Karen!