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copenhagen, denmark, design, scandinavia, Writing, Gestalten, Books, Work

Northern Comfort: The Nordic Art of Creative Living (Coming SOON)


"Northern Comfort: The Nordic Art of Creative Living takes a close look at some of the Nordic region’s most inspiring and insightful ideas and individuals." 

It is well known that the citizens of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland) enjoy an exceptionally high quality of life. Furthermore, year after year, the citizens of these five nations are regularly celebrated as some of the 'happiest in the world.'

With his newest book, author Austin Sailsbury goes beyond the statistics and the cliches to profile a wide range of individuals, brands, and regional experts in an attempt to discover what lies at the heart of the 'happy' Nordic life. Through interviews, essays, profiles, and captivating photography of real people at work and at play in the Nordic region, Northern Comfort: The Nordic Art of Creative Living (Gestalten Books) provides an inspiring and intimate introduction to the progressive societies, innovative ideas, cultural quirks, and creative individuals that have so recently captured the world's attention. Featured topics covered in the pages of Northern Comfort include: interior design and architecture, cuisine, family life, Nordic nature, outdoor adventure, and regional traditions.

AVAILABLE IN EUROPE IN SEPTEMBER AND
AROUND THE WORLD IN NOVEMBER, 2018.


2016, books, favorites, list, The Americans

2016 | The Year In Books

2016: oh what a year it was! And what could I say about this last year that hasn't already been said. But, despite everything else, this past year was a great year of challenging and inspiring reads.

With only two exceptions (Joan of Arc and The Nordic Theory of Everything), you'll notice the titles pictured below have a strong bend toward American history, culture, and characters - a trend that was not planned but that, in many ways, proved to be cathartic in a year so full of strange realities. Click on the titles to learn more (at Amazon.com) or visit your local bookseller to pick up a copy.

Please share your favorite books of 2016 in the comments section below, we're always in search of our next favorite book!

books, copenhagen, events

Hidden Copenhagen Book Launch At Paper Collective Design Gallery

Hidden Copenhagen Book & Poster Launch

Friends, YOU'RE INVITED to join me this Thursday, May 19 at Paper Collective, one of Copenhagen's very best gallery spaces (Kompagnistræde 29, 1208 København K), for a special evening of books, craft beer, Italian wine, and hidden Copenhagen trivia (and prizes!).

Come around for a drink, some good vibes, and to see the reveal of Paper Collective's brand new 'Copenhagen' poster series. The event is free and will take place from 17:00 - 19:00.

More details on the Facebook event page.

The Paper Collective Design Gallery at Kompagnistræde 29, 1208 København K.

The Paper Collective Design Gallery at Kompagnistræde 29, 1208 København K.

books, copenhagen, denmark, book launch

Hidden Copenhagen Book Launch

Oh, what a night! Last Wednesday's official launch of The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen at Books & Company in Hellerup was an absolute delight. Copenhagen trivia, handsome prizes, craft wine from Vinhanen, craft beer from Mikkeller, and, surprise of surprises, the sun was even shining. 

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the book launch. Thanks to Isabella and Hanne for playing host. Thanks to LUSTER Books for trusting me with this project. Thanks to Steve at Wooden Spoon for the delicious trivia prize donations, and special thanks to the indomitable Nick Scriven for all the lovely photos you see here.

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen is now available at your local bookseller (support local shops - just ask them to order a copy for you), via Amazon.com, and for signed copies you can email austinmsails@gmail.com.

books, america, essay

Introducing American Getaway: 100 Years of Saints and Sinners at Camp Wandawega, Wisconsin

INDIANS. BOOTLEGGERS. A SWEDISH MADAM. THE FEDS. A MURDERER ON THE LAM. REFUGEE PRIESTS. THE GHOST OF THE LAKE. KIDS IN CANOES. A RUSSIAN GANGSTER. AND A CHEEKY RACOON NAMED GEORGE. This is the very strange, very true story of Camp Wandawega, An American Getaway.

I am thrilled to finally be able to see this project come to life in print: American Getaway was a collaborative research, writing, and historical fact-checking endeavor over a year in the making. 

You can learn more about the extraordinary true history of Camp Wandawega and the extraordinary couple who is keeping such a special plot of Americana alive here.

Read the whole, rambling story of American Getaway for yourself here.