Berkeley Illustrator Nigel Sussman Hosts Book Launch

Sussman's murals include one at Lanesplitter in Temescal; his first book celebrates the alphabet.


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Berkeley-based illustrator Nigel Sussman, many of whose works adorn public spaces around the East Bay, is now also the author of a new book, Alphabet Compendium: An Illustrated A-Z of Things. A remarkable take on those little shapes of which words are made, it features hyper-detailed, hand-drawn illustrations of "things" whose names begin with each letter of the alphabet. Averaging one hundred items per letter, it's the perfect holiday gift for lovers of language, art, and ... well, axolotls, armadillos, autoharps, abalones, axes, acorns, antlers, armchairs, bagels, bowling pins, and beyond.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Bluestem Brasserie in San Francisco, Sussman will discuss the creation of this book, sign copies, and invite people to pick-up pre-ordered copies as well as buy books on-site. Complimentary bites from Bluestem Brasserie's new brunch menu will be served, alongside a cash bar.

Hand-painted with housepaint and brushes, Sussman's murals are bold and whimsical. His recent East Bay projects include a permanent pizza-oven mural on the side of Lanesplitter Pizza in Temescal, as well as large temporary construction-façade murals that can currently be seen on Franklin Street at 19th Street in Uptown Oakland and on Telegraph Avenue at Haste Street in Berkeley; another Berkeley mural is right nearby on Dwight Way. His favorite themes vary from airplanes, buildings, and telegraph wires to food in unexpected contexts. 

In late November, Sussman will create a gardening- and vegetable-themed mural on Berkeley's Sather Lane.

The book launch is part of Bluestem Seeds for Conversation, a series of events and experiences bringing people together to celebrate and discuss the passions of local makers and thinkers.

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