Today sees the unveiling of the first book in a series we’ve been working on for a long, long time: Reverence Library Volume One. The best description we’ve come up for them are abridged pocket encyclopaedias. Each volume sees three subjects interpreted by both writers and illustrators, with varying degrees of truthfulness.
I’m currently planning a larger post with a bunch of drafts from the design process, and some insight into where we drew inspiration from both visually and conceptually, but for now, please head over to the mini-site for more info.
Neat. I found out more about this project on the official site. I prefer this description:
Reverence Library Volume One is the first in a new series of abridged pocket encyclopaedias ‘inspired by fact and reworked by fiction’. Essentially, reference books with lies in. Each volume sees a handful of writers and illustrators interpreting three fascinating subjects through art and short fiction. Volume One concerns Galleons, Nikola Tesla, and The Trans-Siberian Railway.
WHY THEY CRIED
"... demonstrates real insight into the way we live now."
"Reminiscent of George Saunders and James Thurber, Why They Cried is a great collection of modern tales."
–Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief and co-founder of One Story
"Jim Hanas has a remarkable talent for imagining and crafting uncanny little worlds that make me vaguely nervous. And yet I never want to leave."
–Rob Walker, co-founder of Significant Objects
"A tender and smart assembly of fiction about people trying to communicate—with each other, the world—and all the ways they fail. Fail better, fail beautifully."
–Fiona Maazel, author of Last Last Chance
Jim Hanas is the author of the short story collection Why They Cried (Joyland eBooks/ECW Press) and director of audience development at HarperCollins Publishers.