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Ghost Guessed by Paul Kwiatkowski & Tom Griggs is now available for pre-sale and review
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Jun 1, 2018
I’m excited to announce that my new collaborative book Ghost Guessed (Presagio) comes out July 15th.  Written in collaboration w/ Tom Griggs, in English w/ Spanish translation. Published by Mesaestandar. 

Now available for pre-sale and review at 


On November 13, 2009, Andrew Lindberg, a young pilot, departed from the Twin Cities to meet his father for a hunting trip in northern Minnesota. He never arrived; a few days later, Lindberg’s plane was located deep within the wilderness of the White Earth Indian Reservation.

In Ghost Guessed Tom Griggs and Paul Kwiatkowski examine how absences caused by death make memories, no matter how abstract, more salient and complex. A combination of intimate prose and photographs brings into focus our human connections as filtered through technology and visual media. From Lindberg’s accident to the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Ghost Guessed 


Ghost Guessed is a story of loss subsumed in personal and cultural memory, related through Kwiatkowski and Griggs’ skillful intertextuality — an awareness and use of the language of photography and the photographic nature of language. It isn’t a novel, or a photo book; it’s a piece of visual literature. 

 Christian Patterson, Redheaded Peckerwood and Bottom of the Lake

How do we connect the fragmentary stories and images of our lives into a fixed sequence? Tom Griggs and Paul Kwiatkowski’s kaleidoscopic visual memoir suggests the answer might be as fleeting and lyrical as watching a bird in flight. 

 Alec Soth, Songbook and Sleeping by the Mississippi

Ghost Guessed is a deeply melancholic and beautiful witness to the strange synchronicities that permeate our lives. Channeling W.G. Sebald, the authors array a palimpsest of personal and cultural history with a story of loss and discovery, and a haunting arrangement of photographs that feel both timeless and firmly rooted to their particular moments. This is a book to be read not as memoir, fictional pastiche, or photo-narrative, but as a new kind of literature.

 Peter Bebergal, author of Strange Frequencies

Somehow both pointed and elliptical, mysterious and poignant, Ghost Guessed is a book of paradoxes and fragments, an attempt to chart the blurry border between the known and the unknowable. But I’m sure of this much: Kwiatkowski and Griggs have produced a highly original, arresting, and lasting work of art.

Justin Taylor, author of Flings

GHOST GUESSED is a beautiful, complex construction of images and words, sound and texture, facts informed by memory, loss and, ultimately, love.

Andrea Modica, Treadwell and January 1

Ghost Guessed is a fascinating and intriguing reflection of private life and memory through the use of archival photos and personal, autobiographical texts that create a parallelism between the transmutation of images in a society shaped by visual culture and the changes we experience in our own passing through life.

A truly remarkable accomplishment is that the book is a collaboration between two photographers, developing a personal narrative that corresponds, in different ways and times, to both their lives.

 Mariela Sancari, Moisés and Mr. & Dr.

Ghost Guessed by Paul Kwiatkowski and Tom Griggs delves deeply into the fragile and complex interconnections that shape our lives. In action, word, and image, the book unfolds as a searching and wholly original journey of meditation and cinematic collage that taps into the zeitgeist as a case study for how meaning can be found in the seams between the mysterious and the mundane. 

Jack Riccobono, director of "The Seventh Fire"

GHOST GUESSED reads like a near mystical journey. Kwiatkowski and Griggs have created a unique book that channels shared memories through the overlap of photography and story, discovery and mystery.

 Scot Sothern, author of Curb Service


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