The Friends of California Libre...

31 August 2007

Reading for "Scream at the Librarian"

Why, this must be what you were waiting for?

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 ( )

"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 (

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