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Photos of people reading Emma Bull's novel War for the Oaks in the locations from the book.

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In 1987 Emma Bull's novel War for the Oaks was published. WFTO was one of the first urban fantasy novels, and one of the most special things about it was how thoroughly it was set in the real city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Last summer I spent a lot of time running around Minneapolis taking pictures of people reading War for the Oaks in the locations from the novel. This is the art book collecting the 40 photos from that project.

The photos are full of notable Minneapolis locations (and even a few from St. Paul), including Nicollet Mall, Minnehaha Falls, Como Conservatory, First Avenue, Loring Park, MCAD, Tower Hill Park, and Lake of the Isles.

I was able to get quite a few authors with Minneapolis connections to participate in the project, including familiar names like Elizabeth Bear, Steven Brust, Pamela Dean, Peg Kerr, Scott Lynch, and Patricia C. Wrede, as well as some younger authors who I expect you'll be hearing more from in the future. But not everyone is an author, and readers are also well-represented.

The book itself is an 8.5x11 hardcover of about a hundred full-color pages, with each photo getting a page to itself. It will also include several essays in appreciation of War for the Oaks

Photos from the series are also available as fine art prints, which I make myself, at 8.5x11, 12x16, and 16x24. 

You can see all the photos, descriptions, and model credits on the web at http://www.readerwfto.com/WFTO.

Risks and challenges

The hardest part of the project, wrangling the models and taking the photos, is complete. From this point I'm confident that it will get done even if I get abducted by a redcap. Which isn't to say we're free from the risk of production delays; I've already had difficulties with one printing company on this project, and while I have two possible companies picked out right now (depending on how many copies) I've never worked with them before.

Still, from here it's mostly a matter of making things and shipping them, so it shouldn't be too much trouble.

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