Obi Kaufmann at Readers’ Books

Thursday Feb 01 2018   7:00 PM
Readers' Books  130 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA  map

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann brings his number-one, best-selling California Field Atlas to Readers’ Books on Thursday, February 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come enjoy a glass of wine and pick up a personalized, signed copy of this groundbreaking work and peruse his portfolio of collectible, original watercolor trail paintings.

About The California Field Atlas

For Obi Kaufmann, California is a magic network of living systems that connect in a grand, quilted array of ecology and beauty. The lavishly illustrated, 550-page California Field Atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories with hundreds of exquisite hand-painted maps and trail paintings. Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate California’s elemental narrative of earth, air, fire, and water like no other book has done before.

Kaufmann depicts layer after layer of the natural world, delighting in the grand scale and details alike. The effect is staggeringly beautiful: presented alongside California divvied into its fifty-eight counties, for example, we consider California made up of dancing tectonic plates, of watersheds, of wildflower gardens. Maps are enhanced by spirited illustrations of wildlife, keys that explain natural phenomena, and a clear-sighted but reverential text. Full of character and color, The California Field Atlas has quickly become a new classic, being hailed as a “gorgeously illustrated compendium” (Sunset) that “will provide you with a greater appreciation for the state’s ecological jewels and landmarks. Kaufmann’s writing offers us hope during this trying time for conservationism and climactic pushback” (San Francisco Chronicle).

In the few months since The California Field Atlas has hit stores across California and beyond it has enjoyed four weeks at the number-one spot for nonfiction paperbacks in Northern California and is beginning to rank in Southern California’s top ten. The California Field Atlas is the winner of the 2016 Phelan Award for California literature by the San Francisco Foundation, ensuring the Atlas will be include in the California Historical Society’s Bancroft Library archives at the University of California at Berkeley.

Obi KaufmannGrowing 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. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is