The Book of You

San Francisco Center for the Book

Turn a blank book into an atlas of the soul

The author Carlos Ruiz Zafón once said, “Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it an dream about it.” In some books, we can only glimpse this soul tangentially… in the way a few words are organized on the page, or in the feeling of the cover in your hands. The closer the book is to its creator, though, the more the book’s soul shines through. When we see an artist’s book, we know we’re seeing a book that has been imbued with all of the effort and love – all of the soul – that made its creator strain over a letterpress in the first place.

So what book could have more of a soul than a Book of You? In San Francisco Center for the Book’s upcoming workshop, students will transform a blank notebook into a landscape of thoughts, dreams, and ideas. Following the cognitive pathways of collage, private symbol systems, self-styled alphabets, poetic prose, photographs, collages, and drawings, students will become both the author and reader of a book with a very particular kind of soul.



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Zoe is a student at Reed College, and an amateur playwright. During the summer of 2013 she is a volunteer at SFCB contributing her time and wit to the library and her sorting talents to the California job cases in the print studio.

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