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New SVA Books to Gift This Holiday Season
December 13, 2019
A holiday-sweater-style graphic for the 2019 SVA Holiday Gift Guide: Book Edition.

Each year brings a new crop of books by SVA alumni and faculty—titles that span an array of genres and reader interests. Below are some notable recent publications from the College's community, for all the bookworms on your "nice list" this year—and to see this year's list of other gift ideas, click here.

Happy holidays from the School of Visual Arts!

Children's/Young Adult

A purple book cover with a simple yellow cartoon face making a nauseated expression.
Credit: Scholastic


Raina Telgemeier (BFA 2002 Illustration)

Ages 8 – 12

Scholastic; hardcover/paperback/e-book, $24.99/$12.99/$7.99

The latest book by Telgemeier, a bestselling YA graphic novelist (Smile, Sisters), tells the true story of her anxiety and anxiety-related illness as a grade-schooler.

Other recent children's/young adult titles by SVA alumni:

Away with Words: The Daring Story Of Isabella Bird

Written by Lori Mortensen; illustrated by Kristy Caldwell (MFA 2010 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Ages 6 – 10

Peachtree Publishing; hardcover, $12.73

The Giant from the Fire Sea

Written by John Himmelman (BFA 1981 Media Arts); illustrated by Jeff Himmelman (BFA 2006 Illustration)

Ages 8 – 11

Henry Holt and Co.; hardcover/paperback/e-book, $15.29/$7.99/$9.99

Lalani of the Distant Sea

Written by Erin Entrada Kelly; illustrated by Lian Cho (BFA 2019 Illustration)

Ages 8 – 12

Greenwillow Books; hardcover, $16.99; e-book, $9.99

Lawrence in the Fall

Written by Matthew Farina (MFA 2014 Art Writing and Criticism; director, SVA Admissions); illustrated by Doug Salati (MFA 2014 Illustration as Visual Essay; faculty, Pre-College and English and the Visual Arts)

Ages 3 – 5; hardcover/e-book, $11.72/$10.99

New Kid

Jerry Craft (BFA 1984 Media Arts)

Ages 8 – 12

HarperCollins; hardcover/paperback/audio/e-book, $21.99/$12.99/$13.99/$10.99


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Credit: Marvel

The Marvel Art of Joe Quesada

By Joe Quesada (BFA 1984 Media Arts)

Marvel Universe; hardcover, $50

This book collects selected art and sketches by Quesada, now the EVP creative director at Marvel Entertainment, from his years as an illustrator for the company.

Other recent comics series, one-offs and collected editions by SVA alumni:

Clue: Candlestick

By Dash Shaw (BFA 2005 Illustration)

IDW Publishing; paperback/e-book, $4.99/$1.99 per issue

Hazel & Cha Cha Save Christmas: Tales from the Umbrella Academy

Written by Gerard Way (BFA 1999 Cartooning) and Scott Allie; illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards

Dark Horse Comics; paperback, $4.99

Promethee 13:13

Written by Andy Diggle; illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough (BFA 1993 Illustration)

Comixology Originals; e-book, $2.99 per issue

The Weatherman, Volume 2

Written by Jody LeHeup; illustrated by Nathan Fox (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay; chair, MFA Visual Narrative)

Image Comics; paperback/e-book, $3.99/$1.99 per issue


A book cover featuring a photograph of green onions.
Credit: Hachette Book Group

Canal House: Cook Something

Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton (BFA 1983 Fine Arts)

Voracious; hardcover/e-book, $24.99/$16.99

It's been a busy year for "cookbook legends" Hirsheimer and Hamilton: the pair published their latest collection of recipes and celebrated the opening of their restaurant, Canal House Station, in Milford, New Jersey.

Other recent cookbooks by SVA alumni:

Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta: A Vegetarian Cookbook, Kind of

Cal Peternell (BFA 1987 Fine Arts)

HarperCollins; hardcover/e-book, $25.99/$10.99

Eat, Drink, Animate: An Animator’s Cookbook

Tom Sito (BFA 1977 Animation)

CRC Press; paperback, $36.90; e-book, $34.99

The Forest Feast: Mediterranean

Erin Gleeson (MFA 2007 Photography, Video and Related Media)

Abrams Books; hardcover/e-book, $35/$14.27

Fine Art/Photography

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Credit: Convoke

Far From All That Allows

Edited by Joseph Maida (chair, BFA Photography and Video); books by BFA Photography alumni Zak Krevitt (2014), Molly Matalon (2014), Cory Olsen (2014), Pat O'Malley (2014), Tim Schutsky (2015) and Caroline Tompkins (2014)

Convoke; limited-edition set of seven books with slipcase, $100

A collection of books featuring the work of six young photographers, all of them former students of editor Joseph Maida.

Other recent fine-art and photography books by SVA alumni and faculty:


Michael De Feo (BFA 1995 Graphic Design)

Abrams Books; hardcover/e-book, $35/$22.16

Middle Distance or the Anxiety of Influence: Photographs from Los Angeles

Isaac Diggs (faculty, BFA Photography and Video, and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media)

Kris Graves Projects; limited-edition hardcover, $40

Utopia Centerfolds at Play

Brandon Isralsky (MFA 2015 Photography, Video and Related Media; BFA 2013 Photography), Ina Jang (MPS 2012 Fashion Photography; BFA 2010 Photography) and Dean Sameshima

Convoke; paperback, $40


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Credit: Columbia University Press

Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines

Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser (acting chairman, SVA Board of Directors; faculty, MFA Design)

Columbia University Press; hardcover/e-book, $34.95/$33.99

Renowned magazine designers Bernard and Glaser (The Atlantic, The Nation, Time) reflect on their careers in the industry.

Other new nonfiction titles by SVA alumni and faculty:

How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency

Akiko Busch (faculty, MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism)

Penguin Press; hardcover/audio/e-book, $26/$17.50/$12.99

Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin

Edited by Johanna Fateman (BFA 1997 Fine Arts) and Amy Scholder

Semiotext(e)/Native Agents; paperback/e-book, $10.22/$9.71

Ridley Scott: A Biography

Vincent LoBrutto (BFA 1974 Film and Video)

University of Kentucky Press; hardcover/e-book, $36.37/$23.99


A black-and-white magazine cover featuring a white silhouette of a motorcycle helmet.
Credit: Motoveli


Founded by Ryan Snelson (BFA 2004 Graphic Design)


Celebrate motorcycles and "moto" culture with Motoveli, which publishes each issue in limited editions and sells online and in select New York City shops.

Other periodicals founded and run by SVA alumni:


Co-founded by Peter Ash Lee (MPS 2012 Fashion Photography; BFA 2009 Photography) and Hannah Chloe Lee


Carrier Pigeon

Co-founded by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay alumni Matt Barteluce (2010), Kristy Caldwell (2010), Christopher Darling (2010), Ray Jones (2009) and Russ Spitovsky (2009; BFA 2003 Illustration)


This feature includes content from the fall 2018, spring 2019 and fall/winter 2019 editions of the Visual Arts Journal.