Leanne Shapton

Guestbook
  • Guestbook

  • 'Shapton has created a mystical territory - a performance, an exhibition, a guestbook - in which I felt the ghost within myself; the thing that will outlive me. A fearless and exquisite book' Miranda July

    Guestbook explores the glimmering, unsettling things that haunt us in the midst of life, combining stories, vignettes and an evocative curiosity cabinet of artifacts and images - found photographs, original paintings, Instagram-style portraits - to transform the traditional ghost story into something else entirely.

    'Leanne Shapton has a way of making books entirely new, surreal, and uncanny ... Guestbook contains ghost stories for a world of images and captions, in which the ghosts are all of us, and our strange time' Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

Leanne Shapton is an artist, illustrator, and writer who was born in Toronto and lives in New York. She is the author of several books, including Swimming Studies, The Native Trees of Canada, Women in Clothes (with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits) andImportant Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry. She has contributed to The New York Times, Harper's and The New Yorker among other publications, and teaches creative writing at Columbia University. She is one of the founders of J&L Books, a non-profit imprint specializing in photography.