Burning Book is here!


Winner: First Place, special trade division, 2008 New York Book Fair (link)

The judges said: “We love the design of this book. Every single page feels exciting to look at. The typography is innovative, loud, crazy, expressive and a total joyride.”


"It has been said that describing the Burning Man Festival to the uninitiated is a little like describing a color to a blind person. I think it's more like describing a color to someone who's colorblind but just won't admit it....Now, thanks to Jessica Bruder, a reporter for the Oregonian, you can simply hand these people 'Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man' and let them come up with their own descriptions.

Bruder's project...allows you to plant yourself at the scene and wallow in it, with your faculties and filters unclouded by an author's personal agenda." (8/27/07)


"Combining hundreds of photos (many taken by Ms. Bruder) of the place, the players, the props and the art with streamers of ecstatic text, 'Burning Book' is a scrapbook for pinwheel-eyed firebugs who just may hook a new generation."
(8/19/07; full review in Sunday Styles here)


"This is pretty much like the best Burning Man scrapbook, ever – you know, the one you always wanted to make, but you just couldn’t get your shit together enough to do it...But more than just the imagery, it’s the writing I especially love – Jess has a way
with words that vividly captures the experience of what it’s like to be out here on the playa and spotlights some of the people and projects unique to Burning Man culture. Highly-recommended." (8/27-8/28;
full scan here)


"Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man by Jessica Bruder breaks free of its print shackles: It's great fun, and great fodder for daydreaming." (9/2; full review here)


SMITH Magazine ran an interview & a photo essay excerpted from the book, all in one attractive package here.


"Bruder's 352 pages are jammed with a scrapbook-style explosion of color photos (many by the author), quirky typography and layout, and a freewheeling but comprehensive narrative. " (8/26/07)


"A reporter for The Oregonian, Bruder draws on years of personal experience and extensive interviews; she surrounds the photos with vivid and alluring prose which captures the atmosphere, as well as any words can, of an event that works very hard to be uncapturable in words. Like Burning Man itself, her book is spontaneous and well-organized, thoughtful and frivolous, sweeping and intimate." (8/12/07)


"Now at last comes a book that manages to capture the magic and craziness of Burning Man in well-told words and dazzling color photography...Bruder, 29, is a veteran of five Burning Mans and brings a savvy eye to its eye-popping proceedings, its reason-defying rituals, its key players and characters, as well as its intense and uninhibited atmosphere." (8/9/07)


A nifty preview; print edition included a bunch of pics -- a few from NK Guy, along with my shot of Dorothy Trojanowski's Rubber Horses. (8/5/07)

***8/1/07*** PDX Magazine ran the first feature on the book.



8/3/07 interview in San Francisco with KCBS 740 AM News Radio; check out the podcast here.

8/9/07 interview with Inessa at KINK-FM in Portland; there's an online feature and a podcast, too.

8/10/07 Interview on Berkeley's KPFA 94.1 FM, at the end of this segment of the Morning Show.



Burning Book has been featured at Laughing Squid, the San Francisco Bay Guardian blog, Reality Sandwich, Joygantic, Treehugger.com, and the Drowning Creek Studio blog. And some more I haven't linked yet.

Launch Party :

8/16/07: Brooklyn, NY / Galapagos Art Space / 70 North 6th Street (between Kent and Wythe) / 6-9 p.m.
*** .pdf of the invitation is here

Past readings:

8/17/07: New York City, NY / Barnes & Noble / 4 Astor Place / 7 p.m.

8/13/07: Seattle, WA / Elliot Bay Book Co. / 101 South Main Street / 7:30 p.m.

8/9/07: Seattle, WA / Ravenna Third Place / 6504 20th Ave. NE / 7 p.m.

8/8/07: Portland, OR / Powell's City of Books / 1005 W Burnside / 7:30 p.m.

8/6/07: Berkeley, CA / Cody's Books / 1730 Fourth St. / 7 p.m.

8/3/07: San Francisco, CA / The Booksmith / 1644 Haight St. / 7 p.m.