Baltimore’s book culture has been a comforting and compelling part of the city for me during my time here. As an artist, whether I am visiting the Walters Museum’s collection of illuminated manuscripts, looking at rare volumes on Howard Street’s Antique Row, or just picking up some free books at the Book Thing, I usually have my sketchbook with me. I made this hardbound flat-back as a representation of my Baltimore through the different ways we treat our books. It catalogues what they say, what I know, and what I think about the city.