ROM Books

The ROM publishes and co-publishes a wide variety of books relating to the Museum, its collections and research. Subject areas include Canadian heritage, world art and archaeology, natural history, palaeobiology, and earth science. ROM books are distributed by University of Toronto Press, except where otherwise noted, and are available in bookstores, online and in the ROM Museum Store.

Featured Publications

Every Object Has a Story

ROM
2014
9.75 x 11.25 inches
188 Pages
Hard Cover
$29.95
978-1-77089-486-0
eBook
$14.99
978-1-77089-487-7

For the past 100 years, the Royal Ontario Museum has gathered precious objects from around the world to connect its visitors to all corners of the globe. To celebrate our centennial, 21 Canadian writers, artists, scientists—including an astronaut—share their personal connections with 21 extraordinary objects from the Museum’s collections.

Read Joseph Boyden’s observations around the Blackfoot robe and Deepa Mehta’s childhood memories of trying to dance inspired by Shiva Nataraja’s “Dance of Bliss.”  Look at the meteorite that Chris Hadfield suggests is an actual glimpse into Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.  The book captures moments, thoughts, stories—humorous, nostalgic and oftentimes deeply personal.

The ROM in partnership with The Walrus Foundation, brings you an anthology of Canada’s finest writing.  Combining curatorial expertise and unexpected, intimate perspectives, this writing is accompanied by stunning contemporary photography and striking documentary shots, emphasizing the individual experience with these natural and cultural masterpieces.

Available April 8 in the ROM Museum Store or the iTunes Store.

Paul Kane /The Artist/ : Wilderness to Studio

ROM
2011
12.5"x11"
416 Pages
Cloth
$75.00
978-0-88854-480-3

Destined to be one of the most important books published in Canada, this coffee table volume includes the complete ROM collection of 100 oil paintings and 373 sketches, the world's largest Paul Kane collection. Kane's evocative sketches and paintings of Native peoples, customs, and artifacts, have become a treasured part of Canada's heritage.

On the High Road: The History of Godin Tepe, Iran

Hilary Gopnik and Mitchell S. Rothman

ROM
2011
7.5"x10.5"
400 Pages
Hard Cover
$59.99
978-0-88854-474-2

Written to a general-interest audience, On the High Road explores the 4,000-year history of the village of Godin Tepe, on the fabled Silk Road, situated at an intersection of cultures. The authors weave a narrative of the remarkable history of this site in western Iran while explaining how archaeological remains are used to reconstruct the past.

Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s

ROM
2011
9"x12"
120 Pages
Hard Cover
$29.99
978-0-88854-482-7

Join us on a visual journey through the world of Bollywood Cinema, as we trace the aesthetic and thematic evolution of a film industry that has captivated audiences around the world, becoming the world's largest film producer. The ROM's vintage Bollywood Cinema showcards feature Bollywood icons and award-winning films spanning 40 years of the film industry. Bollywood Cinema Showcards features 90 artifacts from the Bollywood industry, embodying the fanciful and fantastical style of India's cinema culture that has a growing fascination in the West, and a deep cultural tradition in the East.

Burton & Isabelle Pipistrelle: Out of the Bat Cave

Written by Denise Dias
Illustrated by Tara Winterhalt

ROM
2011
9"x10"
32 Pages
Hard Cover
$19.99
978-0-88854-485-8

Burton & Isabelle Pipistrelle is an imaginative children's book telling the nocturnal adventure of a small Pipistrelle bat named Burton, and his sister Isabelle. The book follows Burton as he ventures out of the Bat Cave and discovers the galleries of the museum. Burton loses his way in all the excitement and has to rely on his superpower-echolocation-to help him get home.

Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs

ROM
2012
9"x12"
120 Pages
Hard Cover
$29.99
978-0-88854-481-0

The art of painted photographs arose out of a need for 19th-century artists to compete with commercial photography. The ROM has the largest representation of Indian painted photographs in North America. Embellished Reality features 50 works never before exhibited. Unlike the West, where photography replaced painting as an accurate reflection of "reality," in India, photographs were used to enhance the function of paintings, which were seen as a reflection of a higher realm of existence, or "hyper-reality."