Launched in the fall of 2012, WILDSAM is a series of American field guides, small books with a lot of soul, packed with local lore, interviews, memoir, hand-drawn maps, personal essays and more. Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the field guides suit both weekender and native.
We often come back to a single sentence when thinking about the beginnings of WILDSAM. "And the world was peopled with wonders." If you've not read Steinbeck's East of Eden, the gist of the scene is this: An Irishman settles with his sprawling family on a dried-up spread in the Salinas Valley. One day, out digging a well with his two sons, the men hit a quarry of unfamiliar black rock. One son thinks it might be a buried locomotive. The other, some valuable ore. The father, Sam, thinking he might be looking at a fallen meteor, gets what Steinbeck describes as "that joyous faraway look" on his face. We can't imagine a better description of curiosity.
We believe Steinbeck's words to be as true as the ground we walk on. And we think knowing what's in that ground matters. We make our field guides in hopes of populating their pages with those buried joys.
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"For tireless seekers of the authentic." - The Wall Street Journal
"This series gets at the soul of a city." - Conde Nast Traveler
"Charmingly throwback." - National Geographic Traveler
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About the founding editor. Taylor Bruce spent the better part of ten years writing for magazines. Men's Journal, Oxford American, Paste, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Adventure, among others. He lives in Austin, Texas.
To read an interview about WILDSAM, go here.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about Wildsam, retail queries, wholesale orders or found meteorites.
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Where to buy.
Birmingham - Harrison Limited
Little Rock - Domestic Domestic
Berkeley - Erica Tanov
Burlingame - Podolls
Los Angeles - Alchemy Works, Broome St. General Store, General Store Venice, Travelers Bookcase
Oakland - Standard & Strange
Pacifica - Yonder Shop
San Francisco - Adobe Books, Aggregate Supply, Bibliohead Books, Book Passage, Booksmith, General Store, Green Apply Books, Green Arcade, Heath Ceramics, Legion, Little Paper Planes, Mill Mercantile, Park Life, Perish Trust, Rare Device, Unionmade, Voyager, Welcome Stranger
Santa Cruz - Cameron Marks, Sawyer Land & Sea
Ventura - Iron & Resin
Boulder - Cedar & Hyde
Denver - Berkeley Supply, Fancy Tiger
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington - Mutiny DC
Seaside - Sundog Books
Tampa - Oxford Exchange
Winer Park - Rifle Paper Co.
Atlanta - Henry & June, Tweeds
Des Moines - Domestica
Chicago - Neighborly, Una Mae's
Winnekta - Book Stall
Indianapolis - Printtext
Roanoke - Trove Store
LaFayette - Genterie Supply Co, Red Arrow Workshop
New Orleans - Billy Reid, Hattie Sparks, Historic New Orleans Collection, Mignon Faget, Octavia Books, Ogden Museum, Red Arrow Workshop, Scriptura
Boston - Ball & Buck, Brookline Booksmith
Ann Arbor - Literati Bookstore
Brighton - Artisan's Bench
Detroit - Astro Coffee, City Bird, Detroit Mercantile, Parker Street Market, Peninsulas, Rail & Anchor, Shinola, Signal Return
Grand Rapids - Have Company
Holland - Frances Jaye
Traverse City - Horizon Books
Minneapolis - Forage Modern
Kansas City - Hammerpress
St. Louis - East & West
Oxford - Amelia Presents
Durham - Vert & Vogue
Raleigh - Lumina Clothing Co, Ramble Supply Co
Albany - Fort Orange General Store
Brooklyn - Genuine Motorworks
New York - Billy Reid, Clic Gallery
Oklahoma City - Sara Kate Studios
Portland - Lizard Lounge
Paoli - Trove General
Philadelphia - Moon & Arrow
Charleston - Farm Bar, Indigo & Cotton
Memphis - City & State
Nashville - Antique Archeology, Batch, Belle Meade Country Club, Beveled Edge, Billy Reid, Country Music Hall of Fame, Hatch Show Print, Cumberland Transit, Emil Erwin, Hey Rooster General Store, Parnassus Books, White's Mercantile
Austin - Billy Reid, Book People, Coterie Market, Farewell Books, Helm Boots, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San Jose, Houndstooth Coffee, Jo's Coffee, Love Ding, Mockingbird Domestics, Olive, Spartan, Stag
Houston - Manready Mercantile, Montrose Shop
Culpepper - Harriet's General Store
Richmond - Need Supply Co.