I’ve been a fan of artist/illustrator Jane Mount’s Ideal Bookshelf series for quite some time now. (Her sold out “Ideal Bookshelf 102: Cooking” print occupies a spot in my kitchen.) In case you’re not familiar with Mount’s work: Her paintings depict a selection of favorite books, books that have been significant in some way. Earlier this month, she released a book based on the ideal bookshelves of dozens of notable folks—including Thomas Keller, Maira Kalman, Judd Apatow, Miranda July, Patti Smith, Jennifer Egan, and Dave Eggers. Mount painted their picks, and writer Thessaly La Force interviewed them about their choices.
As soon as I heard about the book, I knew it was going on my holiday wish list this year. You can buy a signed copy on her site, which she’ll even inscribe with the recipient’s name and a special note. Perhaps even cooler? Commissioning a custom painting by Mount. She’ll create a piece based on your own personal favorites. Yes, please.
James Franco’s Ideal Bookshelf is featured in the book, and is available as a print on 20×200.