a few recent publications

Some great books, magazines, and zines have made their way into my hands over the past few weeks.

On Flora: sweet flower-themed zine from Alison Baitz. A different type of floral photograph for every mood. I got mine at Likely General.

The Sad Passions by Veronica Gonzalez Peña is next up in my list of fiction to read. Not going to lie: I was initially attracted by the design, the title, and the Francesca Woodman photo on the cover. But I think I will enjoy it.

Wilder Quarterly, I am always a fan. This issue includes an astrological pull-out by Susan Miller. Plants and astronomy, perfect! I got my copy at Robber.

Ontario Paper: beautiful travel photographs of the American south, with Japanese and English text. I was pleasantly surprised to find my friend Annie listed as the copy editor! 

Sunday Night Movies, the new book of illustrations by Leanne Shapton. I will forever be in awe of her work and how she so masterfully manipulates these liquid lines. I haven’t seen most of the movies depicted in the book but I think it could be fun to use it for reference on those nights where I can’t decide what I want to watch.

Alexa Chung’s new book, It. If you like the Lula Scrapbook, you’ll like this book (in fact, there’s an image reproduced in the book that I’ve seen there—you probably know the one! Of Tennessee Thomas). It’s filled with photos, style tips, illustrations, and writings on the cultural references that have been significant in the development of her personal aesthetic. I actually find it quite endearing—I love reading about Alexa’s little friend Violet and her ruminations on leather jackets. No, nothing earth shattering, but it’s beautifully designed, and the pink cloth cover makes my heart skip a beat. There are a couple of pronouncements here and there that made me raise my eyebrow a bit in a “Really, Alexa?” (as in “Really, Alexa? Only one girl band at a time?”) kind of way at first, but then I realized that it’s more of that sardonic/ironic sense of humour that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Eye candy in every sense!

Geoff surprised me with this book the other day: Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand (he picked it up at Type). It's a kind of best hits of Brooklyn makers and I want to make every single thing in it, starting with the braided round rug. Very inspiring!

A few others: Rookie Yearbook Two, the latest Gentlewoman, plus dreams of being able to read Cat People Magazine and Lady Magazine.


  1. Hooray for PRINT!

  2. what exquisitely wonderful pieces of print. art in themselves! thanks for sharing.

  3. Great selection, where can i get a Gentleman copy in Toronto or online? Thanks.

    1. I got mine at a store on Dundas called Lost and Found, but I think Indigo should have it by now.

  4. I think I may put the Alexa book on my wish list!

  5. They look gorgeous. Yeah print! I love taking a chance on books based on how much I like the cover design/title - will look out for The Sad Passions.

  6. I love them all! Can't wait till Christmas because I have a few of those ones on my list :)

  7. yay! ontario!! my best friend co-writes that!! so happy to see it pop up here :)

  8. Made by Hand looks super inspiring. Nice suggestions!

  9. Gosh all of these look amazing. I hope Santa is looking this way! xo

  10. Rookie Yearbook 2 is above and beyond. All of these publications look brilliant, but Rookie will always have my heart.

  11. I love you dream woman