Photo by Ryan Bradford

Photo by Ryan Bradford

San Diego City Beat 2019 Fall Arts Issue on Literature

“Burn All Books is burning down gatekeepers” by Ryan Bradford

San Diego press is building community of publishers with their new quarterly

Godspeed to anyone who ventures into the world of book publishing, for it is fraught with hard decisions. Paper stock, fonts, reproduction, printing methods—this is the kind of stuff that can keep even the most passionate up at night. Granted, if you decide to dive into the world book publishing in 2019, you have to be passionate.

That makes Burn All Books so awe-inspiring. The small press has been running for only a few years, but the impact they’ve had on the San Diego zine, poetry and fiction communities has already been profound, and this success has allowed them to open a storefront in the back of Verbatim Books (3793 30th St., as part of the bookstore’s recent expansion. 

If any of this growth is stressful for Burn All Books founders Amanda and Nick Bernal, then they’re good at hiding it. On a Thursday afternoon, Amanda sits behind the counter of the well-ventilated Burn All storefront, and offers a can of Yerba Mate while nonchalantly remarking on the mosquitoes that have also taken up residence in the store. “I’m going to be their leader,” she says nonchalantly. 

This disarming amount of chill and humbleness is not common among artists, and it’s refreshing.

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San Diego City Beat

“The Short List” by Seth Combs


We’ve long been fans of Verbatim Books in North Park and that includes their flatmates, Burn All Books, a group of awesome art and zine enthusiasts who specialize in risograph printing. Walk into Verbatim and there’s a fantastic selection of zines, comics and unique prints from local artists and writers. To celebrate their first year in business, Burn All Books is hosting Left on Read: A Zine & Comics Performance at Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St.) on Thursday, Jan. 3 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Local comic artists such as Hatepaste, Laurie Piña, Ana Carrete and more will be reading from their respective works while incorporating projections, puppets, costumes and other performative elements. The event is free and there will be music from Froggy Tricks and DJ Crushed Peanut after the readings. Check ’em out and also give ’em a like at

Laurie Piña

Laurie Piña

Photo by Julia Dixon Evans

Photo by Julia Dixon Evans

Voice of San Diego

“Culture Report: The Rise of the Risograph” by Dixon Evans

Can the risograph save the art scene in San Diego? It’s a lofty goal, but at least fewer print-based artists will leave for Los Angeles if Burn All Books [1] has its way. In January, founders Amanda and Nick Bernal will celebrate their first anniversary of running the only risograph-based printing press in town [2].

A risograph, or a riso, was nearly made obsolete by the ubiquity and affordability of laser printers. For many years, risos were hidden away in basements and storage rooms with few people able or willing to repair them.

“So places like churches and schools that had them got rid of them in favor of just your regular laser jet printer, and then they kind of like, languished in the backrooms of these places until people figured out that they could use them for art,” Amanda Bernal said.

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