Obi Kaufmann / The Coasts of California

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Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters are thrilled to co-present, with Kepler's Literary Foundation, a special event with the author-illustrator of the #1 San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller The California Field Atlas, Obi Kaufmann.


Please note:

  • This is a virtual event. Tickets are required and can be reserved here.
  • It is essential to us that our events be accessible, that financial constraints do not prevent anyone from attending our programs. However, we have real costs to meet as a nonprofit, so we are only able to set aside a limited number of "free" tickets, and ask if you are able to buy the book or make a donation that you please do so that people without the means to do so can still attend.
  • A connection link will be sent to all ticket holders.
  • You can order The Coasts of California here and we'll ship it directly to you (or hold for pickup at our San Francisco shop).
  • Questions? Contact events@booksmith.com


About the book

California's coastline is world famous, an endless source of fascination and fantasy, but there is no book about it like this one. Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of The California Field Atlas and The Forests of California, now turns his attention to the 1,200 miles of the Golden State where the land meets the ocean. Bursting with color, The Coasts of California is in Kaufmann's signature style, fusing science with art and pure poetic reverie. And much more than a survey of tourist spots, Coasts is a full immersion into the astonishingly varied natural worlds that hug California's shoreline. With hundreds of gorgeous watercolor maps and illustrations, Kaufmann explores the rhythms of the tides, the lives of sea creatures, the shifting of rocks and sand, and the special habitats found on California's islands. At the book's core is an expansive, detailed walk down the California Coastal Trail, including maps of parks along the way--a wealth of knowledge for any coast-lover. The Coasts of California is a geographic epic, an odyssey in nature, a grand and glorious book for a grand and glorious part of the world.


About the author

Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. He is the author of The California Field Atlas (2017, #1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller), The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Natural Resource (2019), and The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas (2020), all published by Heyday. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at home in the East Bay, posting trail paintings at his handle @coyotethunder on Instagram. His website is coyoteandthunder.com.


Please note:

  • This is a virtual event. Tickets are required and can be reserved here.
  • It is essential to us that our events be accessible, that financial constraints do not prevent anyone from attending our programs. However, we have real costs to meet as a nonprofit, so we are only able to set aside a limited number of "free" tickets, and ask if you are able to buy the book or make a donation that you please do so that people without the means to do so can still attend.
  • A connection link will be sent to all ticket holders.
  • You can order The Coasts of California here and we'll ship it directly to you (or hold for pickup at our San Francisco shop).
  • Questions? Contact events@booksmith.com