Review: Last Night's Reading

Title: Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors
Author: Kate Gavino
Publisher: Penguin
Published: October 27, 2015
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 9780143127314
Genre: Literature/Pop Culture


Irresistible illustrations of authors and the charming, wise, and hilarious things they say at their readings

Why do we go to book readings? For a chance to see the authors we love come to life off the page, answering our questions and proving to be the brilliant, witty people we catch glimpses of through their work. Illustrator Kate Gavino captures the wonder of this experience firsthand. At every reading she attends, Kate hand-letters the event’s most memorable quote alongside a charming portrait of the author. In Last Night’s Reading, Kate takes us on her journey through the literary world, sharing illustrated insight from more than one hundred of today’s greatest writers—including Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Lev Grossman, Elizabeth Gilbert, and many more—on topics ranging from friendship and humor to creativity and identity. A celebration of authors, reading, and bookstores, this delightful collection is an advice book like no other and a love letter to the joy of seeing your favorite author up close and personal.

My Thoughts:

There's nothing more exciting than seeing your favorite author give a reading. And Kate Gavino has been to many. She's attended readings around  Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. She basically lives in the epicenter of the literary world. In short, I'm super jealous of her. She's chronicled her adventures on Tumblr, and  now she's turned her Tumblr into a fantastic book so that the rest of us can live vicariously through her.

Gavino uniquely captures each author with a colorful portrait and a quote from the author. Each tells its own story, some with humor, some with advice on writing and/or life. Even though I could explain this book in so many words, nothing speaks louder than a picture.

And while you get a sense of camaraderie with Gavino about her love for books, you also get to delve a little deeper with the author herself. She's definitely someone you would want to sit down to have coffee with or squee over the latest release from your favorite author.

This is definitely a book that you'll want to add to your library or gift to your favorite book lover. You won't regret it!

And here's one more for the road:

*images used with permission from Penguin.