The California Field Atlas at Mono Lake Bookstore

Sunday Oct 01 2017   6:00 PM
Mono Lake Bookstore  US-395, Lee Vining, CA  map

For poet-adventurer Obi Kaufmann, California is a magic network of living systems that connect in a grand, quilted array of ecology and beauty. Based on decades of exploring California’s backcountry, The California Field Atlas is Kaufmann’s masterpiece: a compendium of over 300 hand-painted maps that detail the local topography and of the Golden State, forming a uniquely elemental narrative based on the shaping forces of earth, air, fire, and water. Richly illustrated with hundreds of Kaufmann’s watercolor paintings, the Field Atlas is a colorful and soulful journey beyond the veneer of contemporary urbanized California, revealing the secrets of its enduring natural wealth and its resilient biological diversity. Science and art comingle in this epic presentation, at once a timely handbook of conservationism and an indispensable companion for the classic California road trip.

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