Come to Light


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$34.99  $32.19
West Margin Press
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6.5 X 9.1 X 1.8 inches | 2.65 pounds
Boxed Set

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About the Author

Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and author whose unique blend of drawing and storytelling has been heralded as an 'all new art form.' He is the creator of the series All Over Coffee, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years, and the author of five books. His second collection, Everything is its own reward, won the 2011 NCBA Award for Best Book, and his collaborative book with author Gary Kamiya, Spirits of San Francisco, was a 2020 best-seller. Paul's work ranges from novels to cartoons to large-scale public murals and can be found internationally in print as well as in galleries and museums, including the Oakland Museum of California, the William Blake Association in France, and the San Francisco International Airport. Paul was a founding editor for, has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD magazine. Paul's newest work is the Emit Hopper Mystery Series.


". . . A deeply satisfying, ruminative meditation on life seen through the eyes of appealing, but imperfect, characters. . . highly recommended."--Foreword Reviews
"Paul Madonna is a pen master. His work is difficult to categorize but that he was MAD magazine's first art intern may help explain his ability to capture human experience in its odd fullness."--The Boston Globe
"About detail, willful eccentricity, an almost rococo approach to line, and a steadfast devotion to art for its own sake, beauty as its own reward. Paul Madonna's work gives itself fully to all of these notions."--Dave Eggers
"Explores the nature of the creative process and is a blend of artistic media, with more than 100 ink-on-paper illustrations of locations in China, Japan and Thailand interspersed throughout the novel."--Shelf Awareness
"Miraculously exquisite... dreamy and surprisingly emotional."
"Madonna captures snapshots in time as he explores the relationship between image and text... that's so gorgeously rendered in Madonna's precise yet fluid pen-and-ink style, it feels like it could be anywhere and everywhere."--Publishers Weekly
"When his international images are paired with his sparse, poetic words, the effect is haunting. Though Madonna travels the globe, it's not the famous sites or wonders that catch his attention... and the experience of being in his world is mesmerizing."