In her new book ACORN from OR Books, renowned artist and political activist Yoko Ono offers intriguing, enchanting exercises to open our eyes on better ways of relating to ourselves, each other, and the planet we co-habit.

Throughout the book are drawings by Yoko, many never before seen.

Paperback: $16/£11, Ebook: $10/£7
Print + Ebook: $20/£14.


In addition to the paperback and ebook editions, OR Books is publishing a collector’s edition of Acorn, bound in cloth, boxed, and signed by the author in a numbered edition of 285 copies.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the advocacy organization Autism Speaks.

The collector’s edition will ship in July.

Collector’s edition: $280/£185


Acorn, a new book by Yoko Ono to publish in June 2013

Independent, progressive publisher OR Books will release throughout the world in English

OR Books, an independent publishing house that embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business, is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of Yoko Ono’s new book, Acorn.

Acorn is a book of instructional poetry and art that invites the reader to uncover profound and often complex truths, in words and imagery that are playful and accessible.

In these pages, Yoko Ono offers intriguing, surreal exercises that can open our eyes to better ways of relating to each other and to the planet. Extending the intricate strands she first wove together in her widely-acclaimed book Grapefruit nearly a half century ago, the publication of Acorn will be a major event.

Speaking from New York, Yoko Ono commented: “Acorn is poetry in action with participation. It’s something I originally created for the internet. For 100 days, every day, a different instruction was communicated. Now it’s being published in book form. I’m riding a time machine that’s going back to the old ways! Great! I added my dot drawings to give you further brainwork. I hope you enjoy it.”

OR Books co-publisher Colin Robinson added: “We’re thrilled to be publishing Yoko on the OR Books list. Her commitment to social justice and environmental concerns, expressed in artistic forms that are adventurous and beautiful, precisely mirrors the values we are seeking to build our publishing program around.”

Ono and Robinson previously collaborated on the re-publication of John Lennon’s interviews with Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone, which appeared as Lennon Remembers (Verso) in 2001, and for which Ono wrote a foreword.

Following OR Books’ publishing model, Acorn will be for sale exclusively from the publisher as a print-on-demand paperback and an e-book. OR will also prepare a clothbound collector’s edition for subsequent release. A portion of the proceeds from the collector’s edition will be donated to advocacy organization Autism Speaks.

Upon announcement of the book, The Guardian wrote, “OR’s rapid publication schedule means the book will be published in June, exclusively available from the publisher’s website, with international rights on sale at next week’s London Book Fair, where it is likely to be a hot property.”

Copies of Acorn will be available throughout the English-speaking-world in May with publication in late June.