The Library

Far Afield is committed to collecting and sharing publications that support experimental art practices.



Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them, R. Cobleigh

A sourcebook of labour-saving devices and DIY tried-and-true tips. Tools representing the "practical, successful experience of farmers and other wide-awake workers all over the United States."

Published by The Lost Library, 1909.


Site C Inquiry, by British Columbia Utilities Commission

A 310-page summary of the Commission's findings. The findings are also available to read online here.

Made available through Publication Studio, 2017.


Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

A 388-page summary of the Commission's findings. The findings are also available to read online here.  

Made available through Publication Studio, 2016


Whitney Houston, et al., edited by Casey Wei, with contributions from Brit Bachmann, Gabi Dao, Olivia Dunbar, Steffanie Ling, and Karen Zolo

Inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’s chapter on Whitney Houston in his controversial novel, American Psycho (Vintage, 1991), Casey Wei invites five writers to explore their own relationships to popular music, resulting in essays on Marianne Faithfull, MIA, Kanye West, The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Wiz Khalifa, My Bloody Valentine, Patti Smith, and more.

Published by Agony Klub and Publication Studio, 2017.


Lost Rocks: (Crocoite, by Margaret Woodward; Crocoite, by Justy Phillips; Silver, by Jane Rendell; Silver/Lead, by Sarah Jones; Basalt, by Ross Gibson; Conglomerate, by Ben Walter; Marble, by Ally Bisshop; Crystal Bone, by Greg Lehman)  

Lost Rocks (2017–21) is an ambitious, slow-publishing artwork – a library of forty books, four books published twice yearly for the next five years. Brought to life by Australian artists Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward (A Published Event) and composed by forty contemporary artists from around the world, Lost Rocks is an accumulative event of mineralogical, metaphysical and metallurgical telling. Books can be borrowed in multiples or singularly. 

Published by Lost Rocks, 2017.


Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism, by Elizabeth Povinelli

In Geontologies Elizabeth A. Povinelli continues her project of mapping the current conditions of late liberalism by offering a bold retheorization of power. Finding Foucauldian biopolitics unable to adequately reveal contemporary mechanisms of power and governance, Povinelli describes a mode of power she calls geontopower, which operates through the regulation of the distinction between Life and Nonlife and the figures of the Desert, the Animist, and the Virus. 

Published by Duke University Press, 2016.


Earthworks: Art and the Landscape of the Sixties, by Suzaan Boettger

Boettger offers a comprehensive history of the Earthworks movement in the United States, providing an in-depth analysis of the monumental forms that initiated the broader genre of Land Art. Examining the art, the artists, their dealers and proponents, Boettger interprets Earthworks as a manifestation both of artists' personal stories and of the late 1960s social and political tumult.

Published by University of California Press, 2002. 


The Classroom Drawings of Orra White Hitchcock, edited by Palatino Press

Orra White Hitchcock (1796 – 1863) was one of America’s earliest women scientific illustrators and artists. Between 1828 and the 1840s she made hundreds of large and striking classroom aids. The drawings include geologic cross-sections, maps, prehistoric beasts, marine life, fossils and dinosaur footprints. 

Published by Palatino Press, 2014.


Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman, by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Stone maps the force, vivacity, and stories within lithic matter. Mingling narratives that stretch from the medieval to the modern, Cohen suggests ecological enmeshment and creaturely mineral life. Stone is never inert, but rather an enduring presence that requires an understanding of the world in more than human terms. 

Published by University of Minnesota Press, 2014.


Mary T.S. Schäffer: A Hunter of Peace, edited by E.J. Hart with an introduction by Jennifer Rutkair

Schäffer lived from 1861-1939, and was an avid mountaineer, photographer and artist who spent the majority of her life in the Canadian Rockies around the town of Banff. First published in 1911, this book is Schäffer’s story of her adventures in the traditionally male-dominated world of climbing and exploration. It also sheds light on her view of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations at the early part of the 20th century. Several quality reproductions of Schäffer's hand-painted lantern slides accompany the written journals. 

Published by the Whyte Museum, 2014.


Do It: The Compendium, by Hans Ulrich Obrist

Exploring experimental curatorial strategies, twelve artists contribute instruction-based artworks.

Published by Independent Curators International, 2013. 


The Weather from the West, poems by Sheila Peters and paintings by Perry Rath

Poems and paintings that reflect on the histories and experiences living in British Columbia's Bulkley Valley. 

Published by Creekstone press. 2007.


Giscome Road, by C.S. Giscombe

Concerned with specific locales in northern Canada named for the 19th-century Jamaican miner and explorer John Robert Giscome, the volume incorporates a variety of historical documents, maps, and dreams that explore music, racial dichotomies, sexuality, and the ways in which landscape itself is described.

Published by Dalkey Archive Press, 1998. 


Hidden City, by Jeremy Stewart

A suite of poems that drive the question: "How does a place get in your bones?" Voices of a journey that unassumingly pass through bedrooms, refrigerators, empty barns and the 7-Eleven. Winner of the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

Published by Snare Invisible Publishing, 2014. 


El Robo del Año, by Ulises Carrión

Writer and poet Ulises Carrión was a polymath writer, poet, visual artist and publisher. Carrión laid the groundwork for the acceptance of the artist book as a genre, and was influentially involved in the mail art movement. Exhibited in 1982, El Robo del Año "involved the mounting of a diamond" as a work of art. This book, broken into the sections "Photo documentation of the public's reactions", "Crime scene reconstruction", "Third reading of the case", are conveyed by expert and sworn interpreters. 

Published by Alias, 2013. 


The Faraway Nearby, by Rebecca Solnit

The relationship between telling stories as a cultural practice, in an approximation of closeness or distance. A paralleled prose, that continues to unfold out of itself. 

Published by Penguin Books, 2013. 


Austere Gardens: Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, & Attending, by Marc Treib

Exploring different ways to engage with the landscape through observation and sensitivity, this book offers a mediation on landscape. Digging, piling, adding, subtracting, tracing, the void and the devoid all become fields of observation. Dull spaces are revisited. 

Published by ORO Editions, 2016.