Jonny Sun is a Canadian writer, illustrator, and PhD candidate in urban studies at MIT. He is the author of everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and illustrated Lin-Manuel Miranda's book, Gmorning, Gnight! He was a writer for the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman.
Bookshop asked Jonny for a list of his favorite books, and this is what he said:
Ross Gay$23.95 $21.56
I have been really enjoying the form of the short essay, and this collection by Ross Gay has a wonderful eye for small, delightful things. He writes about the goal of documenting small delights throughout the year (August 1, 2016 to August 1, 2017—a very tumultuous and terrible year), in a way that is poignant, thoughtful, heartwarming and heartbreaking.
100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater
Sarah Ruhl$15.00 $13.80
This is perhaps my favorite book on theater. It’s a lovely book of short essays and thoughts about theater and art and people and love and time and fate and all sorts of things from the brilliant playwright Sarah Ruhl.
Samin Nosrat and Wendy Macnaughton$37.50 $33.75
An essential food and cooking book!
Eve L. Ewing$16.00 $14.72
A perfect, beautiful, imaginative masterwork by the genius Eve Ewing.
Paige Lewis$15.95 $14.67
This book of Paige Lewis’ poems plumbs emotions out of me that I did not know I could feel.
Clint Smith$15.00 $13.80
Beautiful and thoughtful and powerful by the genius Clint Smith!
Hanif Abdurraqib and Eve L. Ewing$16.98 $15.62
Hanif is one of the best cultural writers of our time.
Sarah Kay and Sophia Janowitz$15.00 $13.80
Beautiful and delightful and funny and sad and lovely.
Yoko Ono and John Lennon$21.00 $18.90
She perfected the short form work long before Twitter was invented.
Jack Handey$9.99 $9.19
He also perfected the short form work long before Twitter was invented.
Maggie Nelson$16.00 $14.72
A modern classic. Wise and heartbreaking and honest and haunting.
Nicholas Gurewitch$24.99 $22.49
Another modern classic, of a completely different type, in the form of these darkly funny and beautifully rendered comics.
Reza Farazmand$15.00 $13.80
Reza’s dry humor and (perfectly) poorly drawn lines delight me.
Bill Watterson and Robb Jenny$19.98 $18.38
This is Bill Watterson’s writing and reflection on Calvin & Hobbes and is absolutely essential for any Calvin & Hobbes fan, comic fan, and fan of art and humor and the creative process.
Tom Gauld$19.95 $18.35
Tom’s work is so funny and dry and will make you feel smart of reading it too! It’s so hard to make someone laugh AND feel like a genius at the same time, and Tom Gauld is wonderful at it.
Meera Lee Patel$16.00 $14.72
Meera’s work is brilliant and full of joy and tenderness, and if you are into journals, this will be perfect for you.
Lisa Hanawalt$22.95 $20.66
Lisa Hanawalt is the genius behind Tuca & Bertie and the art genius behind BoJack Horseman and Coyote Doggirl is brilliant and fun and sad and magical in all the ways that those show are. It feels like an emotional distillation of Lisa’s work.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg$25.95 $23.36
Raphael is the genius behind BoJack Horseman and my boss, but I am not contractually obligated to say this: that this book is a collection of charming, tender, heartbreaking, impossible, and deeply funny stories about love. Surreally tender and beautiful and brilliant.