About this project
WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE A STRETCH GOAL TO MAKE THIS BOOK THE BEST & MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK IT CAN BE! More details in the "Updates" and THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!
WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE WILL MAKE A BOOK!
After almost 10 years, we are making a publication that documents the projet MOBILIVRE BOOKMOBILE project, an exhibition of artist books, zines and independent publications that traveled across the US and Canada from 2001-2005. Along the way, we also gave a lot of workshops and talks, and collaborated with many amazing groups and individuals. We want to share the project with a larger group of people, in a way that feels in keeping with the BOOKMOBILE: an actual, printed book!
FEATURING WRITING by Jon Davies, Andy Cornell, Lauren Jade Martin, Isabelle St. Amand & John Hartmann
FEATURING ARTWORK by Ginger Brooks Takahashi
FEATURING TOUR STORIES, PHOTOS AND COMICS by Anna Leventhal, Bita Mary Eslami, Rebecca Watt, Hannah Jickling, Peter Burr, Andy Cornell, Jesse Purcell, Sarah Evans, Mary Tremonte, Catherine St-Amand, Lisbeth Pelsue, Mariev Robitaille, Melissa Cresswell & Sonja Ahlers
BOOK DESIGN by Cecilia Berkovic
EDITED by Leila Pourtavaf, Courtney Dailey & Onya Hogan-Finlay
As some of the folks who initiated the BOOKMOBILE, we believe that it is valuable to write the story ourselves, to tell the tales of the making and of the doing, from the road and from the studio. The book contains photographs, selections of books and zines that were part of the BOOKMOBILE’s touring collections, tour guide diaries, and of course, comics!
We also wanted to engage some great writers who are supporters outside of the project to add perspective and critique. The BOOKMOBILE was always a scrappy project: we made everything we could with very few resources. We were all volunteers, and all of the artists/writers/zinemakers who gave us their work to tour around did so with only hope and trust (and no exhibition fees!). We always aimed for workshops to be as free as they could be, and relied on the support of community resources to make that happen.
If you were inspired after a visit by the MOBILIVRE in your town; if you submitted your zine and it traveled in the Airstream trailer to schools, parks and infoshops where excited audiences were able to see your work; if you learned how to make intricate and carefully constructed books or the roughly stapled zines from one of our tourguides (for free!), then NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE A BIT OF SUPPORT! And if you can donate $35, you’ll get your very own copy of the book.
When you help us reach our goal of $20,000, we will pay for:
1. Printing costs
2. Graphic designer and Writers’ fees
3. Translation and editing feesWE NEED YOUR HELP! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS BOOK HAPPEN!
▼ We are so excited about the various members of the Bookmobile family involved in The Bookmobile Book. ▼
Three of the project’s initiators/founders are editing the book (you may remember us): Courtney Dailey, Onya Hogan-Finlay and Leila Pourtavaf! The book is being designed by Cecilia Berkovic. The book features essays by the wonderful Jon Davies, Andy Cornell, Lauren Jade Martin, Isabelle St. Amand & John Hartmann and artwork by Ginger Brooks Takahashi (also touring with the Alien She exhibition through the US). In addition, we are grateful for the contributions (sometimes hilarious, sometimes nostalgic, always fantastic) from tour guides over the five years of touring.
Last but not least, EXCLUSIVELY for our Kickstarter, we are so glad to offer special edition book jackets by Meredith Stern, Amy Lockhart, Dominique Petrin, Edie Fake, Peter Burr, Andrew Jeffrey Wright & Chris Duncan!
We are so pleased to showcase TEASERS of the Special Edition Book Jackets below! Pledge $100 OR increase your pledge amount to $100 to wrap your copy of The Bookmobile Book in limited edition artwork!
Risks and challenges
If we do not receive the full funding request, we will not be able to publish the book. Though risky, we have been able to support this project in the past with your help, and we feel confident that we can meet our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are coordinating a book launch with the exhibition Alien She, curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, in Philadelphia at Vox Populi, in the Spring of 2014. All books will be mailed at that time.
Printing costs (we are printing the book in Canada, where costs are slightly higher than overseas); Graphic designer and Writers’ fees, Translation and proofreading fees (which we think are pretty important!). That’s about it! Our budget pays for the production of the book, that’s all.
Three of the project’s initiators/founders: Courtney Dailey, Onya Hogan-Finlay and Leila Pourtavaf, along with project manager Kinneret Sheetreet, are coordinating the book’s publication and content.
Book design by Cecilia Berkovic.
Essays by Jon Davies, Andy Cornell, Lauren Jade Martin, Isabelle St. Amand & John Hartmann.
Featuring artwork by Ginger Brooks Takahashi and contributions by tour guides over the five years of touring.
Special edition book jackets by Meredith Stern, Amy Lockhart, Dominique Petrin, Edie Fake, Peter Burr, Andrew Jeffrey Wright & Chris Duncan!
A very special Thank You to the Bookmobile collective, tour guides, host venues and to Lex, Linton, Kim and Aimee for making our musical video!
We have tried to get a hold of folks who are pictured in the video and apologize if you weren’t reached directly... Back in the olden days of the MOBILIVRE, we were not as careful about collecting permissions and peoples’ contact information as we should have been (and since that’s 10 years ago now, who’s still using their hotmail address anyway?!). In making the book, we have endeavored to be much more thorough.
First off, thank you for your enthusiasm and support! Please spread the word, to all of your people who might be interested. And let us know if you want to help us get the book out and into stores in the Spring: we need names of stores and folks who might be interested in carrying the book in their shop!
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