With the Internet, the center of culture no longer needs to be dense, urban places—brilliant creative minds are able to find each other anywhere. Look at Paolo Soleri, the Starn Twins, Zac Posen, Sebastian Faena, Kathy Ruttenberg and who knew, Diana Vreeland! All featured, amongst others, in Issue 5.
Upstate Diary is interested in the lifestyles of people creating in close proximity to nature, and the places they have found in their search for richer, less distracted lives. The future, like our cover and the meaning of “upstate,” feels wide open indeed…
Biannual / 9×12 inches / Perfect bound / 86 p. + Cover / 4-color Offset Printing / FSC Certified paper stock
'A Year at Chez Panisse' By Amanda Marsalis
100% of proceeds from the sale of the book support The Edible Schoolyard Project.
This is not a cookbook. It’s a book about everything that comes before the cookbook. The chefs, the food, the craft. The regulars and the people who travel from far, far away for one meal. The stories, the attention to detail, the mission. It’s a love letter to the restaurant that changed the way we think about food.
Photographer Amanda Marsalis saw something magical at Chez Panisse. Yes, it was the food, but it was also everything that went into the food. Chez Panisse has a commitment to what they do and how they do it. They value their craft, their place, and their people with such authentic fervor, that anyone who walks through their doors feels an automatic sense of community and belonging. There’s a kind of pull that happens when you drop into their world: it’s hard to leave, and you get the sense that you’ll never, ever find another place that treats you so well.
Marsalis’s “Chez Panisse” is a tribute in stunning full-bleed photography to this special place. The simple and painstakingly-delicate act of shelling English peas. Seasons that bear new produce, new colors, new light. Women and men who cut flowers, layer Meyer lemons, fold the edge of a rhubarb tart, share a pre-service family dinner. These pages capture a simple truth: it takes a community to feed people good food.
This respect for community began with the legendary chef, author, and Chez Panisse proprietor, Alice Waters, who has made it her life’s mission to build and share an edible education curriculum for all Pre-K through 12 schools. Her Edible Schoolyard Project was founded on the same farm-to-table movement that birthed Chez Panisse.
Shakespeare and Company, Paris - A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart. A copiously illustrated account of the famed Paris bookstore on its 65th anniversary
Published by Shakespeare and Company Paris / Edited with introduction by Krista Halverson / Foreword by Jeanette Winterson / Epilogue by Sylvia Whitman.
This first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop--Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others--with hundreds of never-before-seen archival pieces, including photographs of James Baldwin, William Burroughs and Langston Hughes, plus a foreword by the celebrated British novelist Jeanette Winterson and an epilogue by Sylvia Whitman, the daughter of the store’s founder, George Whitman. The book has been edited by Krista Halverson, director of the newly founded Shakespeare and Company publishing house.
George Whitman opened his bookstore in a tumbledown 16th-century building just across the Seine from Notre-Dame in 1951, a decade after the original Shakespeare and Company had closed. Run by Sylvia Beach, it had been the meeting place for the Lost Generation and the first publisher of James Joyce’s Ulysses. (This book includes an illustrated adaptation of Beach’s memoir.) Since Whitman picked up the mantle, Shakespeare and Company has served as a home-away-from-home for many celebrated writers, from Jorge Luis Borges to Ray Bradbury, A.M. Homes to Dave Eggers, as well as for young authors and poets. Visitors are invited not only to read the books in the library and to share a pot of tea, but sometimes also to live in the bookstore itself--all for free.
More than 30,000 people have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, fulfilling Whitman’s vision of a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore.” Through the prism of the shop’s history, the book traces the lives of literary expats in Paris from 1951 to the present, touching on the Beat Generation, civil rights, May ’68 and the feminist movement--all while pondering that perennial literary question, “What is it about writers and Paris?”
The Wild Unknown
Black and white copies of ABC Dream were first self-published by Kim Krans in 2011. Now the book is all grown up, with watercolor washes that bring the intricately drawn creatures, patterns and concepts to life. The mystical unicorn with a luminous horn that graces the cover reigns over the ABC Dream kingdom, and a new key in the back makes sure you don’t miss any treasures along the way. It’s no surprise that parents find themselves just as enchanted by this mystical world as their little ones.
The Wild Unknown
Written and illustrated by Kim Krans / Hardcover / 48 Pages / 8.5" x 11"
A collection of beloved 18th and 19th century images sourced from old and rare books and assembled in a beautiful assortment of more than 400 full-bleed images. From intensely colored flowers and birds to curious portraits, hand-drawn letters, and breathtaking landscapes, the best of John Derian is here. The result is an oversized object of desire, a work of art in and of itself.
11" x 14" / 365 Pages / Published by Artisan