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This is one story of the People's Library, as told to me by the librarians and patrons who built it.

"No one founded the library. The library founded itself."- Jaime Taylor, librarian, People's Library, Occupy Wall Street

About Take This Book

This is one story of the People's Library at Occupy Wall Street, as told to me by many of the librarians behind it: how the library began, what happened after the November 15 raid on Zuccotti Park, and why they're rebuilding. It's a story about books, danger, and freedom.

Take This Book is an extended essay -- just over 10,000 words -- based on the stories of the librarians and the library's patrons. (Maybe you were one of them.) It can't be the whole story, because it's still happening.

About this project

Update: an excerpt from Take This Book was published at Rhizome

Take This Book is ready to publish, and as soon as this project is fully funded, I will release the digital edition (in epub and Kindle formats) to all backers. Then, Glass Houses (my media label) will publish the print edition, to be released in February 2012. Funds raised will go to the production of the book, as well as the cost of mailing it to Occupy sites across the world.

By backing this project, you are pre-ordering a digital or print copy. And you will ensure that the print edition of this book is available for free to every Occupy library we can find.

About the author

I'm a writer and the founder of Glass Houses, a media label. I've contributed to Alternet, The Guardian, The New York Observer, Rhizome, Jezebel, and numerous other publications. I've been writing and reporting on Occupy Wall Street since September 2011.

With Glass Houses, I make books. In 2010, I published and co-edited Coming & Crying, a collection of true stories about sex (backed generously by 651 people, through Kickstarter).

Thanks

To Sarah Jaffe and Meredith Clark and Joanne McNeil. To Emma Gross. To Paige Saez. To Jeff Sharlet. To Molly Crabapple. To all the Occupy librarians.

Video Credits
Additional footage: OWSLibrary, OccupyTVNY, OcupaniuyorMusic: The Harlem Hot Chocolates, "St. James Infirmary"

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  • As soon as we hit the project goal, all backers will receive the digital edition of Take This Book -- even if the project funding period hasn't ended yet.

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  • Probably! Glass Houses is working with a US-based, 100%-employee-owned book printing company, who were also the first book manufacturer to join the Green Press Initiative. You'll also be able to read an eco-audit about the book's environmental footprint.

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