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I'd Rather be Reading
A Library of Art for Book Lovers

This compendium of contemporary art, photography, and poetry is my love letter to all things literary. Artwork from 60 artists including Jane Mount, Oliver Jeffers, and Sophie Blackall are interwoven with essays by Gretchen Rubin, Ann Patchett, and others, myself included. It was published by Chronicle Books in 2017 and was a #1 bestseller on Amazon.

I'd Rather Be Reading by Guinevere de la Mare interior

I'd Rather be Reading, interior

Following the release of I'd Rather be Reading, I worked with Chronicle Books to develop an ancillary line of products including a hardcover journal, notebooks, stationery, and a puzzle.

Hardcover Journal

Notecard Set



The Who, the What, and the When

65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History

"An illuminating inventory of the little-known champions behind a wide range of cultural icons. Each story is told by a different writer and illustrated by a different artist, all of astounding range and talent." - Brain Pickings

As one of the contributing writers, I wrote an essay on Queen Kaʻahumanu, the favorite wife of King Kamehameha the Great and the most politically powerful woman in Hawaiian history.

queen kaahumanu, an essay by guinevere de la mare in The Who, The What, and the When

The Who, The What, and the When
Queen Kaʻahumanu - Essay by Guinevere de la Mare, Illustration by Eleanor Taylor

While working at Chronicle Books, I was a contributing writer or artist on more than a dozen projects published between 2008 and 2014.

You Are So Loved

(Contributing artist)

One Good Deed a Day

(Contributing writer)

This is Happening

(Contributing artist)

Unplug Every Day

(Contributing writer)