Leanne Shapton gorgeously documents her complex relationship to swimming in her taut and multifarious memoir, Swimming Studies. Moving from her teenage years spent training for the Olympic trials, to the pools and beaches of her adult life, Shapton explores how swimming influenced and defined her. Punctuated by Shapton’s deftly-rendered paintings of water, swimmers, and smells, the book, according to John Jeremiah Sullivan, is “beautiful as both a story and an object. Through a fusion of words and pictures, [it] capture[s] a bittersweet part of the writer’s past as completely as a scent trapped in a bottle.”
Join us for a celebration of the paperback release of Swimming Studies, with a 6pm reading from Leanne at McNally Jackson Books, followed by a 7pm reception around the corner at Picture Room, where there will be an exhibition of Shapton’s original paintings from the book.
Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, author and publisher based in New York City. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. She is also the author of Was She Pretty?, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry, The Native Trees of Canada, and Women In Clothes, a collaboration with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits.