Scream at the Librarian
Sketches of our Patrons in Downtown Los Angeles
By Joel J. Rane
With Illustrations by Raymond Pettibon
& Cristin Sheehan Sullivan...
Release party and reading by the author
Thursday September 13th, from 6-8 PM
Hosted by Kim Light and Marshall Weber
at Kim Light/ LightBox
2656 South La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
(Between Venice and Washington Blvd.)
310.559.1111 or (email@example.com )
"After five years at the central library, I seriously doubted the humanity of my peers." -Joel J. Rane
An instant cult classic, Scream at the Librarian sucks you into the flophouse grime of downtown Los Angeles at a time when it was abandoned by all but the terminally desperate. The Screamer, Mr. Brain Damage, The Devil... these are just a few of the unforgettable characters that people Rane's real-life accounts from deep in the seedy stacks of a library, which had become a refuge for squatters, drug addicts, and the mentally deranged.
Each story is accompanied by stunning new illustrations from Raymond Pettibon & Cristin Sheehan Sullivan. Printed in two-color silkscreen, the deluxe, hardcover edition of 50 is an elaborate art object, loaded with novel idiosyncrasies throughout. The front of the "inside out" cover sports a circulation card signed by author and artists, alongside an amalgam of library stickers, stamps, and cataloging numbers.
The Booklyn Artists Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and distributing innovative artist books, and here's another winner-inventive design, energetic writing, and brilliant art make Scream at the Librarian a must-have for any serious artist book collector.
A more diminutive chapbook version of Scream at the Librarian is also available, bringing Rane, Pettibon, and Sullivan's vigor to a wider audience at a proletarian price ( http://booklyn.org/ABC3.html).