Here is my complete bibliography as of spring 2021.
New arrivals are expected.
Part One: Books I Wrote, Illustrated, and Designed
Living On The Earth
Most people who know my name associate it with my book Living on the Earth, which has been published five times in English, once in Japanese, once in Spanish, and once in Korean. The Japanese edition has been in print continuously since 1972. A French edition and a second Korean edition are both in process as of 2021.
With flowing line drawings and handwriting, and a groundbreaking layout, Living On The Earth expresses the spirit of a multi-generational yearning for oneness with nature. Widely imitated to this day, Living On The Earth changed the way books are conceived, and influenced countless artists and graphic designers.
First edition, The Bookworks, Berkeley, 1970.
Their second title, ever. Only 10,000 copies printed, all sold within three weeks of publication. Printed on a paper made from sawmill scraps and bark called Karma Kote.
Second edition, Random House/Vintage Books, 1971. This was the first paperback ever on the New York Times Bestseller list, selling at least 350,000 copies before going out of print in 1980.
Japanese edition, 1972 to present (Soshisha, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan)
30th anniversary edition (Random House/Villard Books, 2000)
4th Edition (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2003) with its distinctive metallic gold embossed sun on the cover, and 100% post consumer waste recycled paper and soy-based ink throughout.
(Small Seed, Seoul, Korea, 2005)
Spanish edition (Kachina Ediciones, Albacete, España, 2017) with recycled paper and vegetable inks
50th Anniversary, 5th English language edition (Echo Point Books & Media, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2021) with sustainably sourced paper and vegetable inks.
Being of the Sun
Being Of The Sun
(co-authored with Ramón Sender Barayón, designed, hand-lettered and illustrated by Alicia Bay Laurel)
(Harper & Row, 1973)
A nature, spirituality and music book on creating one’s own one-person religion, finding the divine in nature and within, with songs, ceremonies, projects and practices created or adapted for the authors’ own nature-as-spirituality religions. It is a companion volume to Living on the Earth.
Japanese edition of Being of the Sun
(Soshisha, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, 1974-1980, 2007 – present)
The first new English language edition of Being of the Sun since 1973 will be released by Echo Point Books & Media in spring or summer 2021.
Earth Time (Random House, 1972) Poetic astrological calendar with large colorful drawings.
A Set of Three Children’s Books (1972):
Centerfolded in Ms. Magazine’s January 1973 edition, in the “Stories for Free Children” series curated by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, one of the magazine’s founders. A little girl living with her parents and their friends on a rural commune gives a tour of her life there.
The Family of Families
We are all one family.
Happy Day! Cried the Rainbow Lady, Full of Light
A wordless journey into the stars.
(All three, as a set, Harper & Row, 1972)
These coloring books advise “No one has to color inside the lines.”
Set of Three Children’s Books, Japanese editions 1974
Sylvie Sunflower, Japanese edition
Soshisha Ltd., Tokyo, Japan 1974
If anyone can send me good scans of the covers of the Soshisha Ltd. editions of The Family of Families and/or Happy Day Cried the Rainbow Lady, Full of Light, I would love to post them here!
Part Two: A Book I Designed and Illustrated
The Earth Mass (poetry by Joe Pintauro)
(Harper & Row, 1973)
“An oldie, hard to find, and worth its weight in emeralds”
Lots of Alicia’s crayon and ink drawings, with ceremonies and poems for life’s passages by Joe Pintauro, who was also a novelist, playwright, and professor.
Part Three: Books I Illustrated
Text by the Monteverdi Artists Collaborative, which included Ray Mungo, Verandah Porche, Peter Gould, Marty Jezer, and Richard Wizansky. Other illustrators include Peter Gould and Doug Parker. The poetry of Verandah Porche is one of the highlights (Saturday Review Press, 1973).
“After the Liberation News Service was chased out of DC by the feds, the darkly cheerful band of artist/intellectuals chose to bivouac in the hills of New England, purchase farms and learn to farm them, and invent recipes, myths, costumes, dances, unending in-jokes, even architecture. In the winter of 1971-72, they planned a communal book, each agreeing to write portions of it, and the pieces were read aloud in the communal dining space they had dubbed the Cafe Depresso. The artists of the tribe rose to the occasion with copious illustrations, and the family graphics professional, Doug Parker, assembled the pieces into a book. Decades later, it’s still fresh, charming, funny and even useful. ” (My review of the book on Amazon.)
William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: A New Age Adaptation by Michael Fleck (New Age Press, 1978)
Script of a wild and colorful 1976 multi-media production on Maui, when Fleck was working as the creative director of the Maui Community Theatre. He depicts Shakespeare’s drama as a battle of cold-hearted corporate real estate developers versus environmentalists, both bohemian and indigenous, and their spirit allies. My ink and watercolor cover and monochrome pen and ink drawings throughout.