My Library: Michael Cunningham

Around the hardcover publication for Michael Cunningham’s By Nightfall, I was fortunate enough to produce a short video series with him and his student, the polymath James Franco. Cunningham generously allowed us to shoot in his New York apartment, which I noted had a beautiful library set into his bathroom walls. Fast forward a year and a half to this past week, when Cunningham once again opened up his home to a small film crew—this time to capture his incredible library.

Special thanks to photographer Joshua Simpson.

Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. He is the author of the novels The Hours, A Home at the End of the World, Specimen Days, Flesh and Blood, and By Nightfall. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories, and he is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for The Hours, which was a New York Times bestseller, and was chosen as a Best Book of 1998 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly. He is a Professor at Brooklyn College for the M.F.A program.

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  • MagHil

    How cool is that? Michael Cunningham is bawss.

  • Lisa

    Best Bathroom ever.

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  • justinchina

    But surely he must not actually use this bathroom…Would the steam not damage the books, and spread mold throughout the pages? Or maybe Mr. Cunningham just takes cold showers?

    • Farrar, Straus and Giroux

      An excellent question.

      In fact, there’s a shower in another room. I believe this room is just for baths. With the window cracked open the steam’s not a problem.


  • Cassie

    More than the books, I love the little artifacts like the bird and that little figure. So interesting.

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