June 9, 2022

“This ridiculously entertaining book performs a neat conjuring trick. You will find your own lost objects flying back to you as you read about other people’s dearly departed things. The conceit is ingenious and the beautiful illustrations make each writer’s ‘rosebud’ flare into radiant life again.” — Jenny Offill

In 2017–2019, HILOBROW published two illustrated PROJECT:OBJECT “volumes” of nonfiction narratives about lost objects. In July, the indie art-book publisher Hat & Beard Press will bring out a gorgeous book adaptation: LOST OBJECTS: 50 STORIES ABOUT THE THINGS WE MISS AND WHY THEY MATTER.

Going to be in NYC on June 30? If so, please drop by the indie bookstore McNally Jackson Seaport for the East Coast Lost Objects launch event. Josh Glenn, along with LO contributors Dan Fox, Mimi Lipson, Debbie Millman, Stephen O’Connor, and Lucy Sante, will share lost-objects stories and insights.

Technically it’s a pre-sale event, but copies of the book will be on hand!

Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order Lost Objects, along with limited-edition posters, here. (Sale of the posters will help defray costs of printing the book.) Until Lost Objects is published in July, the checkout code LOSTOBJECTS will take 20% off the price of either the book or a book/poster combo.


About the contributors who’ll read their stories:

Dan Fox is the author of Pretentiousness: Why It Matters and Limbo. He has been a co-editor of Frieze magazine and is, with Marcus Werner Hed, co-director of the documentary Other, Like Me: The Oral History of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle. He co-runs the label Junior Aspirin Records, and is a member of the band The God in Hackney.

Mimi Lipson is a writer living in New York City. Her short story collection, The Cloud of Unknowing, was published in 2014 by Yeti Press.

Debbie Millman is host of the podcast Design Matters, Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts, Editorial Director of PrintMag.com, and the author of seven books on design and branding. Her book Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People was published by HarperCollins earlier this year.

Stephen O’Connor is the author of six books: Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, a novel; Here Comes Another Lesson, short stories; and the forthcoming collection of poetry, Quasimode. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, and many other places. He teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence.

Lucy Sante’s books include Low Life, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, The Other Paris, and Maybe the People Would Be the Times. Nineteen Reservoirs will be published in August. She teaches at Bard College.



Lost Objects, which was beautifully designed by Tony Leone Associates, features stories by writers including Geoff Manaugh, Lydia Millet, Paola Antonelli, Margaret Wertheim, Lucy Sante, and Matthew Sharpe; and illustrations by artists including Theo Ellsworth, Ben Katchor, Chris Piascik, Berta Vallo, Gary Panter, and Oliver Munday. Design guru Debbie Millman provides an introduction, while an appendix by PROJECT:OBJECT editors Josh Glenn and Rob Walker introduces the nascent scientific discipline of lostobjectology — and asks, “What’s your ‘Rosebud’?”

PS: Here’s the book’s Instagram account.


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