Launched in the fall of 2012, WILDSAM is a series of American field guides, small books with a lot of soul, packed with local lore, interviews, memoir, hand-drawn maps, personal essays and more. Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the field guides suits the curious-- both weekender and native.
Austin, Texas. Call it the gateway to the American West. Capitol of the Republic. Home to cosmic cowboys and pit bosses, Sixth Street and Barton Springs. It's the brightest star in Texas.
Wildsam had long conversations with dozens of natives, from hotelier Liz Lambert, editor Evan Smith and Top Chef winner Paul Qui to other amazing locals like a neon artist, a blues club owner, a portrait photographer, and a former Dallas Cowboy. Their maps scout out the best dive bars, swimming holes, taco trailers, film scenes, and live music. And the Almanac covers a range of heritage, such as armadillos, Lyndon Johnson, Janis Joplin, Texas Rangers, moontowers, SXSW, the tech boom of the 1980’s, the drought, Jack the Ripper, Dazed and Confused, the Whitman shooting of 1966, Willie, and much – much – more.