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What’s in Store: Shelf Liners

Recent publications by SVA alumni and faculty

May 5, 2021
A photograph of a book that is shaped such that when it is open, it looks like a globe on a pedestal.

Our World: A First Book of Geography, illustrated by Lisk Feng (faculty, BFA Illustration).

Credit: Lisk Feng/Phaidon

Each season brings a crop of new books, in an array of genres and types, that are by or about School of Visual Arts alumni and faculty; here are some of the latest.

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Art + Photography

A collage of book covers.

À BIENTÔT: Meditations on Loss in Space

Marvin Touré (MFA 2016 Fine Arts)

Softcover, $25

American Fried Rice: The Art of Mu Pan

Mu Pan (faculty, BFA Illustration; MFA 2007 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 2001 Illustration); preface by James Jean (BFA 2001 Illustration)


Hardcover, $65

Correspondence 2012 – 2020: Letters From Incarcerated Members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Movement

Sophia Dawson (faculty, BFA Fine Arts; BFA 2010 Fine Arts)

Designed by Marysia Gacek (faculty, BFA Fine Arts; BFA 2009 Fine Arts)

Maria Editions

Paperback, $110* 

*A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee and The Jericho Movement.

Faux Pas. Selected Writings and Drawings

Amy Sillman (BFA 1979 Fine Arts); foreword by Lynn Tillman (faculty, MFA Art Writing)

After 8 Books

Softcover, €20

KAWS: He Eats Alone

KAWS, a.k.a. Brian Donnelly (BFA 1996 Illustration); edited by Germano Celant

Silvana Editoriale/Qatar Museums

Hardcover, €60

A Parallel Road

Amani Willett (MFA 2012 Photography, Video and Related Media)


Softcover, $25

Taxi: Journey Through My Windows 1977 – 1987

Joseph Rodriguez (Photography); designed by Andy Outis (MFA 2006 Design) essay by Richard Price

PowerHouse Books

Hardcover, $35

This Far and No Further

William Abranowicz (BFA 1980 Photography); foreword by Nikole Hannah-Jones 

University of Texas Press

Hardcover, $45

Children’s + Picture Books

A collage of book covers.

And Then Came Hope

Stephen Savage (faculty, BFA Illustration; MFA 1996 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Neal Porter Books

Hardcover/board book/e-book, $18.99/$7.99/$11.99

Art Is Life: The Life of Artist Keith Haring 

Tami Lewis Brown; illustrated by Keith Negley (MFA 2013 Illustration as Visual Essay)

FSG Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, $19.99

Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope 

Jodie Patterson; illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (MFA 2012 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Crown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover/e-book, $17.99/$10.99

Everything Naomi Loved

Katie Yamasaki (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay) and Ian Lendler

Norton Young Readers

Hardcover, $18.95

Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call: The Heroic Story of WWI Telephone Operators

Claudia Friddell; illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley (MFA 2012 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Calkins Creek

Hardcover/e-book, $18.99/$10.99 – $11.99

Have I Ever Told You That Black Lives Matter?

Shani Mahiri King; illustrated by Bobby C. Martin, Jr. (faculty, MFA Design; MFA 2003 Design)

Tilbury House Publishers

Hardcover, $17.95

I Am! Affirmations for Resilience

Bela Barbosa; illustrated by Edel Rodriguez (faculty, BFA Illustration)

Rise x Penguin Workshop

Board book/e-book, $9.99/$9.99

It Began With Lemonade

Gideon Sterer; illustrated by Lian Cho (BFA 2019 Illustration)

Dial Books for Young Readers

Hardcover/e-book, $17.99/$10.99

A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice

Jasmine A. Sterling; illustrated by Vesper Stamper (MFA 2016 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Hardcover/e-book, $17.09/$13.29

The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom

Colleen AF Venable; illustrated by Lian Cho (BFA 2019 Illustration)

Greenwillow Books

Hardcover, $17.99

Our World: A First Book of Geography

Sue Lowell Gallion; illustrated by Lisk Feng (faculty, BFA Illustration)


Hardcover, $18.95

The Ramble Shamble Children

Christina Soontornvat; illustrated by Lauren Castillo (MFA 2005 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Nancy Paulsen Books

Hardcover/e-book, $17.99/$10.99

Sunday Funday in Koreatown

Aram Kim (MFA 2014 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 2009 Illustration)

Holiday House

Hardcover, $18.99

The Tale of the Mandarin Duck

Bette Midler; illustrated by Joana Avillez (MFA 2012 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Random House Books for Young Readers

Hardcover/e-book/audio, $18.99/$10.99/$5 – $7

Were I Not a Girl: The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry

Lisa Robinson; illustrated by Lauren Simkin Berke (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Schwartz & Wade

Hardcover/e-book, $17.99/$10.99

Comics + Fiction

A collage of book covers.


Koren Shadmi (faculty, BFA Illustration; BFA 2006 Illustration)

Top Shelf Productions

Paperback/e-book, $19.99/$11.99


Created and written by H.H. German (BFA 1997 Advertising); drawn and lettered by Javier Orabich; colors by Daniel Grimaldi; cover by Garnabiel

Sigma Comics

Eight-issue series, $2.99/issue 

Cover Not Final: Crime Funnies

Max Huffman (BFA 2016 Cartooning)

AdHouse Books

Paperback, $9.95

The Descendants of Krag

James Allocca (BFA 1979 Media Arts)

Softcover/e-book, $10.99/$2.99

Drawn to Key West

Theresa Chiechi (BFA 2017 Cartooning)

Limited series, $18/issue 

Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts From the World’s Most Infamous Prison

Edited by Sarah Mirk; illustrators include Alexandra Beguez (MFA 2016 Visual Narrative) and Hazel Newlevant (BFA 2014 Cartooning)

Abrams ComicArts

Hardcover/e-book, $24.99/$18.65

Lon Chaney Speaks 

Pat Dorian (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Pantheon Graphic Library

Hardcover/e-book, $25/$12.99

Mr. Guy: Zombie Hunter, Act 1: To Save Himself

Jayel Draco (BFA 2003 Illustration); illustrated by Draco, Walter Ostlie, Diana Camero and Jacey Chase; cover by Sonne; lettering by Cardinal Rae; guest art by Sophia Murphy

Oneshi Press

Paperback, $12.50

Specter Inspectors

Bowen McCurdy and Kaitlyn Musto (both BFA 2018 Cartooning)

BOOM! Studios

Five-issue series, print/e-book, $4.99 – $10


A collage of book covers.

Correlations: Life + Work, Bentel and Bentel Architects

Carol Bentel (chair, BFA Interior Design); Paul Bentel; Peter Bentel; John Morris Dixon

The Images Publishing Group

Hardcover, $60

Decoding Manhattan: Island of Diagrams, Maps, and Graphics

Antonis Antoniou and Steven Heller (co-chair, MFA Design; faculty, MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism)

Abrams Books

Hardcover, $35

Fabric of the Game: The Stories Behind the NHL’s Names, Logos, and Uniforms

Chris Creamer and Todd Radom (BFA 1986 Media Arts)

Simon & Schuster/Sports Publishing

Hardcover/e-book, $24.99/$16.99

Pietro Cicognani: Architecture and Design

Pietro Cicognani (BFA 1985 Fine Arts); foreword by Isabella Rossellini


Hardcover, $70

Rolls Royce Motor Cars: Making a Legend

Harvey Briggs and Simon Van Booy (faculty, Humanities and Sciences)

ACC Art Books

Hardcover, $65

Steven Universe: End of an Era

Chris McDonnell (BFA 2001 Animation); based on the series created by Rebecca Sugar (BFA 2009 Animation)

Abrams Books

Hardcover/e-book, $35/$23.32

Type Speaks: A Lexicon of Expressive, Emotional, and Symbolic Typefaces

Steven Heller (co-chair, MFA Design; faculty, MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism) and Gail Anderson (chair, BFA Advertising and BFA Design; creative director, Visual Arts Press; BFA 1984 Media Arts)

Abrams Books

Hardcover, $29.99

Education, Craft + Activity

A collage of book covers.

The Beauty of Horror 4: Creature Feature Coloring Book

Alan Robert (BFA 1993 Illustration)

IDW Publishing

Paperback, $16.99

The Beauty of Horror: Haunt This Journal

Alan Robert (BFA 1993 Illustration)

IDW Publishing

Paperback, $14.99

Scraps’ Food Guide From A to Z

Damon Versaggi (BFA 2003 Computer Art)

Page Publishing

Hardcover/paperback/e-book, $24.95/$18.95/$8.99 – $9.99

Trust Within Learning

Devin Thornburg (faculty, MA/MAT Art Education) 

Lexington Books

Hardcover/e-book, $85/$80.50

Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive (Second Edition)

David B. Levy (BFA 1995 Animation)

Allworth Press

Paperback/e-book, $19.95/$14.99

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