Reminder: Upcoming Book Events in North Carolina

Brett Ingram will give a presentation about, read from, and sign copies of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler at the following NC indie bookstores on the following dates:

7:00pm, Wednesday, January 17th at Quail Ridge Books, North Hills, 4201 – 100 Lassiter Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609,

7:00pm, Thursday, January 18th at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, scuppernong

7:00pm, Thursday, January 25th at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209,

Please come out, support your local indie bookstore & a local indie author! Stay tuned for more dates and locations...

Excellent Book Review in Raw Vision by John Foster

The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler received another great review, this time by John Foster for Raw Vision magazine, the premiere international journal devoted to art brut, raw art, also known as outsider & visionary art. Here's the final paragraph:

The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler is a beautifully-designed book by the renowned Laura Lindgren, illustrated with over 400 of Kuhler’s imaginative drawings. Skillfully written by Brett Ingram, who knew Kuhler for 17 years, the private world of Rocaterrania is finally available for enjoyment and study.

          - John Foster


ARTNET names TSWoRK one of the 15 most beautiful art books of 2017

The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler is listed at #6 on artnet's list of the 15 most beautiful art books published in 2017. Check it out here.

artnet writes:

Outsider Art fans will want to meet Renaldo Kuhler (1931–2013), who for 60 years worked in secrecy, creating the fantastic world of Rocaterrania, inspired by his hometown in Rockland County, New York. His fictional kingdom—replete with its own religion, government, and language, as well as an Olympic Games, prison system, railroad lines, and richly detailed history—comes to life in this new book by Brett Ingram. Most of the expertly drafted illustrations, done in graphite, ink, acrylic, oil, gouache, and watercolors, among other mediums, are being published here for the first time.


It must be said here that most of the credit for the book's beauty goes to Renaldo Kuhler, the illustrator, and Laura Lindgren, who designed and edited the book itself into a work of art.

Upcoming Book Signings at North Carolina Indie Bookstores

Mark your calendar! Brett Ingram will read from The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler and sign copies at the following independent bookstores in North Carolina in January 2018:

January 17 at 7:00pm:  Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

January 18 at 7:00pm:  Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC

January 25 at 7:00pm:  Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC


Stay tuned:  More details and reminders to follow in future news stories...

The Secret World of RK Featured in It's Nice That

Illustrations and an excerpt from the introduction of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler was recently featured online at It's Nice Thata London-based publisher.

About It's Nice That:

It’s Nice That believes passionately that creative inspiration is for everyone and by championing the most exciting and engaging work online, in print and through our events programme, we want to open up this world to the widest possible audience.

Founded in 2007, It’s Nice That has grown across many platforms and reaches over a million people each month. These include the website which is updated daily, a bi-annual magazine Printed Pages, a summer symposium Here and the monthly Nicer Tuesdays talks series.

Steven Heller writes on Kuhler for Print magazine

In this delightful article for Print Magazine about the late artist Renaldo Kuhler and Brett Ingram's new book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler, Steven Heller interviews the incomparable designer and editor, Laura Lindgren.

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

Wonderful article in Hyperallergic by Edward Gomez

Edward Gomez wrote a wonderfully insightful article in Hyperallergic about Renaldo Kuhler, his brilliant talent, and Brett Ingram's newly released book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler.

In the article, Gomez includes comments and excerpts from an interview with the book's designer and editor, Laura Lindgren, who deserves way more credit than she will ever receive for having designed such a gorgeous book, a treatment of Kuhler's work and his creation that would have made Renaldo very proud.

Glowing endorsement from Drew Friedman

The brilliant cartoonist & illustrator Drew Friedman, whose work has appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The New York Observer, RAW, The New Republic, The Village Voice, and Mad (to name a few), just today gave a wonderful endorsement of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler:

"What a delight it is to discover an artist you were completely unaware of, an artist whose work is graphically intricate, strange, and beautiful, and an artist who has actually invented his own world, or, at least his own country. I love everything about this book and I didn't want it to end. Sixty years of Renaldo Kuhler's work is just not enough! But, it will have to do. It's the publishing event of the year."

- Drew Friedman

Rick Meyerowitz Editorial Review of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler

"The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler is a beautifully designed marvel. The secret country of his feverish imagination was the world he would have preferred to live in. If you’re seeking a respite from our own land and its leaders, you can do nothing better for yourself than to book a trip to another country. Long live Renaldo Kuhler and the great nation of Rocaterrania!”

―Rick Meyerowitz, author of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great; contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times

Maira Kalman Editorial Review of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler

“This book is FANTASTIC! Beautifully produced and written. Inspiring. Funny. Strange. Sad. Optimistic. All of the things that I look for in a book. Renaldo Kuhler reminds us that we must try to live our lives as best we can and be who we are! We cannot be reminded of that too often.”

―Maira Kalman, author of The Principles of Uncertainty and Beloved Dog; creator of work for Interview magazine, The New York Times, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Talking Heads

Publishers Weekly starred review of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler


From Publishers Weekly, Sept. 25, 2017:

*  "Filmmaker Ingram returns to the subject of his 2009 documentary Rocaterrania to celebrate the whimsical imagination of self-taught artist Renaldo Kuhler (1931–2013)...Ingram’s keen appreciation of the artist and his work is apparent in every aspect of this book. It’s truly a wonder to behold."

Read the full review and pre-order your copy today on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Screening of Rocaterrania Oct. 28 at Anthology Film Archives

Brett Ingram’s Rocaterrania (2009, 74 minutes), a documentary feature about the life and work of the late scientific illustrator and visionary artist Renaldo Kuhler, will screen at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave. in the East Village) at 6:30pm, Saturday, October 28, 2017.


Commemorating the re-mastered rerelease of Rocaterrania, Ingram will introduce the film, answer questions afterwards, and sign copies of his new book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler--to be released October 24 by Blast Books--designed and edited by the sublimely talented Laura Lindgren.