Alrighty... As we're nearing the end of the year, here are some books I've enjoyed in 2013:
The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 1. Jennifer Ashley Tepper has interviewed a multitude of Broadway folks (onstage and backstage) about all the highs and lows of the show biz. If you're a Broadway fan, you'll eat this up with a spoon and come back for seconds. And I helped a little. (I designed the Theatre District map therein.)
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. An artist's work schedule is unique to each person, but since it's a somewhat solitary vocation, I sometimes wonder if I'm doing it "right." Here, Mason Currey compiles testimonials on how authors, painters, illustrators, and more go about their daily work life. I found it fascinating.
Humans of New York. Talk about fascinating! Photographer Brandon Stanton posts at least one photo each day online featuring New Yorkers of diverse walks of life and asks them a little bit of their story. In this enormous "City of Strangers" it's important to note that the people I ride the train with or pass on the sidewalk are indeed human like me.
Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors Equity Association and the Rise of Professional American Theater. Although this book technically came out last year, we did the launch and book signing in 2013, so here it is! As you likely know, I drew the cover (and a few doodles inside). As a member of Actors Equity, this in an honor I'm very grateful for.
Happy reading! And happy holidays to you all!