My Ideal Bookshelf SF Launch Party & Gallery Show!

San Francisco, CA

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Join Jane Mount and Thessaly La Force as they celebrate the publication of My Ideal Bookshelf

In addition to serving drinks and selling copies of the book, Makeshift Society will feature a gallery of many of Jane's paintings featured in the book! 

"A perfect gift for avid and reluctant readers alike--a celebration of the depth and breadth of the written word's shaping of our lives that will guide readers to new favorites while simultaneously causing them to think about their own ideal bookshelves." —Shelf Awareness

"A bibliophilic feast for the eye, mind, heart and soul." —Kirkus

". . . so addicting and thoughtful it makes a solid mainstream case for bookshelf porn." —Chicago Tribune


The books that we choose to keep and display—let alone read—can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In My Ideal Bookshelf, one hundred leading cultural figures, including writers Chuck Klosterman, Jennifer Egan, and Michael Chabon, musicians Patti Smith and Thurston Moore, chefs and food writers Alice Waters and Mark Bittman, and fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, reveal the books that matter to them most—books that reflect their obsessions and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world.

Original paintings by artist Jane Mount showcase the selections, with colorful, hand-lettered book spines and occasional objets d’art from the contributors’ personal bookshelves. The paintings are accompanied by first-person commentary drawn from interviews with editor Thessaly La Force, which touch on everything from the choice of books to becoming a writer to surprising sources of inspiration. This exquisite collection provides rare insight into the creative process and artistic development of today’s most intriguing writers, innovators, and visionaries.