Our Bookstore is a social space where a growing selection of books invites visitors to browse, sit down, read, and talk. This space was born in the spirit of a library: we believe in the power of books to create knowledge, imagine new social bonds, and empower.
The books we select are mostly published by independent presses and reflect the themes explored in our exhibitions and public programs. We are interested in a variety of disciplines, connecting contemporary art with poetry, literature, music, and theory.
Our collection of books introduces yet-unknown or recently translated international voices. To this end, each season, our guest artists and artists in residence make a selection of books to acquire for our store. Their suggestions make underexposed references accessible to our local audience.
Current Book Recommendations
“The Matrix” by N. H. Pritchard
Long out of print, Norman H. Pritchard’s masterwork presents a decade of poetic experimentation from 1960 to 1970. Inflected with—and perhaps an influence on—Black Arts, the precise architecture of Pritchard’s book (the poems and their design) stage an unexpected meeting of Concrete Poetry with Olson’s “open field” poetics and Cage’s chance operations.
“Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds” by Jayna Brown
In Black Utopias Jayna Brown takes up the concept of utopia as a way of exploring alternative states of being, doing, and imagining in Black culture. Brown demonstrates that engaging in utopian practices Black subjects imagine and manifest new genres of existence and forms of collectivity.
“Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959-1979” edited by Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre
Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959-1979 is expansive anthology focused on concrete poetry written by women in the groundbreaking movement’s early history. It features 50 writers and artists from Europe, Japan, Latin America, and the United States selected by editors Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre.
“Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction” by Joshua Whitehead
This exciting and groundbreaking fiction anthology showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer Indigenous) writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through utopian narratives that detail the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism’s histories.