Obi Kaufmann: The California Field Atlas
October 10 at 7 p.m., Northtown Books welcomes Obi Kaufmann, author and artist of The California Field Atlas, a lavishly illustrated new book from Heyday Books.
For poet-adventurer Obi Kaufmann, California is a magic network of living systems that connect in a grand, quilted array of ecology and beauty. Based on decades of exploring California’s backcountry, The California Field Atlas is Kaufmann’s masterpiece: a compendium of over 300 hand-painted maps that detail the local topography and of the Golden State, forming a uniquely elemental narrative based on the shaping forces of earth, air, fire, and water. Richly illustrated with hundreds of Kaufmann’s watercolor paintings, the Field Atlas is a colorful and soulful journey beyond the veneer of contemporary urbanized California, revealing the secrets of its enduring natural wealth and its resilient biological diversity. Science and art comingle in this epic presentation, at once a timely handbook of conservationism and an indispensable companion for the classic California road trip.