The St. Louis Public Library Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. First organized by the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library in 1989, the Foundation was reorganized in 2003 and given the charge to increase private-sector support to benefit the growing needs of the Library.
The St. Louis Public Library Foundation asked us to create an invitation for their annual gala that would support their chosen theme of “Texts and the City." Their only other direction was that they did not want a simple “Sex in the City" parody.
We came up with a clever way to take real literary texts and weave them together into an evocative narrative about a gala under the stars in a faraway sparkling city. Each passage was paired with illustrations handcrafted from bits of old books and advertising ephemera. We designed a custom accordion fold, so readers would feel as if they were turning through the pages of the books quoted in the story, with characters coming to life on the pages.