Bookplate #1

The first bookplate features one of the drawings Jamie did at Camp Killooleet in Hancock, Vermont. The drawing is a stylized hambone with Jamie's signature below it. 

In the 7th grade, Jamie's fondness for lunchtime ham sandwiches sparked the loving nickname "hamboy." And, by turns both fateful and serendipitous, when he went off to camp, Jamie's fellow campers christened him with the same name. 

The drawing (and nickname) lives on permanently through this project, a savory memory and testament to Jamie. 

About the project

The heart of this project is a planned series of collectible bookplates featuring Jamie's signature as well as images and symbols reflecting his unique spirit and love of life. 

Here's how the project works: You find a book that either you or Jamie loves. You place a bookplate in that book, and then leave it somewhere for someone else to find. Jamie firmly believed in the power of art and literacy, and we hope to instill that love of learning to others through this project.

As of summer 2017, over 1500 bookplates have been placed in books, hung on trees, affixed to random spots in the Catacombs in Paris, on skateboard half pipes, to  walls in Barcelona, Rome, Scotland, California, and along the Pacific Crest Trail.  Just to name a few. 

bookplate #2

The image for the second bookplate was drawn by family friend, Ed Koren, cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine. Jamie and Ed's son, Ben, met while attending the Sharon Academy in Vermont.

Recently, Ed Koren generously donated his talents to The Jamie Kanzler Fund, completing a cartoon of Jamie for the second bookplate which features Jamie riding a skateboard, illustrating his free spirit. 

This is a short list of some of the books and authors that Jamie loved. A whole list of the books that were in Jamie's personal library can be found here.


-Stop That Pickle! by Peter Armour

-2666 by Roberto Bolaño

-You Can't Win by Jack Black

-The Nō Plays of Japan by Arthur Waley

-Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson

-The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

-Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

-The Adventures of Tintin by Methuen

-The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

-Say Good Night, by Anna Ross

-Good News by Edward Abbey

-Solution 11-167 The Book of Scotlands by Momus

-Calvin and Hobbes Collections by Bill Watterson

-A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce