Acorn, according to New York-based independent publisher OR Books, is an extension of the "intricate strands" Ono first wove together in Grapefruit, the "book of instructions and drawings" she published in 1964. The book, which comes out in June, is "classic Yoko", said the publisher, "full of intriguing and surreal exercises [which invite] the reader to uncover profound and often complex truths, in words and imagery that are playful and accessible".
OR Books described the Acorn manuscript as “an extension” of Ono’s 1964 art book, Grapefruit. Ono has collaborated with other writers on books, but this is her first book published by herself in nearly 50 years.
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.
"It’s nearly 50 years ago that my book of conceptual instructions Grapefruit was first published. In these pages I’m picking up where I left off. After each day of sharing the instructions you should feel free to question, discuss and/or report what your mind tells you. I’m just planting the seeds. Have fun." —Yoko Ono, from the introduction to Acorn