Nine Stories, Lawrenceville’s first bookstore in decades, is celebrating Grand Opening on Saturday, October 1!
You heard that right: bookstore!
The proud owners, husband and wife team John Shortino (top photo) and Allison Mosher moved to Pittsburgh in 2012, partially with the intention of opening their own bookstore. Of course there are oh so many reasons not to open a bookstore. But a friendly encounter with Caffe D’Amore's Sarah Walsh and a Kiva micro-loan came together to make their partial intention a complete reality.
To celebrate, we asked the Nine Stories team to curate a selection of books especially for us artsy types. Check out their recommendations below, and visit them in store!
Samuel C. Florman, The Introspective Engineer
This book takes a wide-ranging look at engineering and design, encompassing everything from infrastructure and architecture to visual arts and literature. Florman’s argument is that engineering and design are becoming increasingly introspective and human, and that this focus will result in technological and innovative solutions to global issues like overpopulation and famine. He also examines the role of technology and design in literature, film, and photography, presenting several works from an engineer’s perspective.
Kembrew McLeod, Freedom of Expression
What do genetic sequences, Donald Trump’s hand gestures, and “Happy Birthday” have in common? Absurd intellectual property protections. Kembrew McLeod’s Freedom of Expression is an excellent read about a subject that only gets more interesting in an era of sampling, remixing, and questions about what constitutes “fair use.” Ultimately, McLeod argues that strict intellectual property laws impede creativity while providing little protection to actual creators.
Umberto Eco, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
This is a beautiful novel about loss and memory and art. A rare book dealer in Milan loses his memory, but remembers the details of every book he's ever read. In an effort to remember his childhood, he returns home and begins working his way through boxes of comics, newspapers, and ephemera. This novel is also a favorite because it’s so packed with illustrations pulled from old pop culture like Flash Gordon and images from vintage magazines, which are worked into the narrative in surprising and emotionally resonant ways.
Victoria Squire, Getting it Right With Type
Victoria Squire’s book is an essential reference for any designer. She covers the basics of typography and layout in a way that’s approachable and easy to read while being incredibly informative and pretty timeless. Beginning with basic definitions and technical terms and moving through kerning and layout, Squire demonstrates the ways typography affects readers and viewers, while illustrating how something as basic as font choice can create a mood or expectation.
Davy Rothbart, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World
Found Magazine collected ephemera from all corners of the globe, and this anthology collects some of the best found objects from the magazine’s pages. Every page is filled with love notes, doodles, and photographs, each offering a glimpse into another life. This is an excellent collection if you're looking for inspiration: turn to any page and you can find a sliver of a story waiting to be told.
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