Jan 31, with 15 hours to go, we reached our goal of $7,000. We're completely overwhelmed by the amount of support people have shown for the project and incredibly thankful. And there is still time to go. If you feel moved to contribute, please do. We can and will use every penny because the project has grown faster than our funds. Any additional money will help us sustain the current momentum in 2011.
With your help we can: run workshops where new interest has emerged; support old workshop sites where newly recruited bookmakers are waiting; and expand the library, which is critical to transforming our understanding of these wars.
The Veterans Book Project is a library of books authored collaboratively by artist Monica Haller and dozens of people who have been affected by, and have archives of, the current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In their printed format, the books provide a place or “container” that slows down and materializes the great quantity of ephemeral image files that live on veterans’ hard drives and in their heads. Each book re-deploys volatile images with the aim of rearticulating and refashioning memories.
The Veterans Book Project facilitates bookmaking workshops around the country. In these workshops, combat and non-combat veterans, their families, and others are invited to edit and design their archives and stories into softbound, print-on-demand books. Using software specifically designed for this project, three to six participants compile their digital and handwritten archives into book format over the course of a week. These materials can include digital images, emails, and journal entries from combat, as well as writings generated at the workshop.
The completed digital manuscripts are published through lulu.com. Available as a free download or as a published, softbound book, each is a contained and tactile “object for deployment,” meant to be “deployed” to new audiences: family, friends, the art community, and the general public.
The Veterans Book Project is growing faster than our funds. Any additional money we raise beyond our $7k goal is crucial in sustaining our current momentum. Donations fund the Spring 2011 workshops: travel and lodging for project staff, food for participants, printing costs for published books, compensation for project staff, and computers for bookmaking. Any additional donations help us to reach more people and tell more stories.
To learn more, please visit our website: http://veteransbookproject.com, or find us on Facebook: “Veterans Book Workshop.” You can view all completed books at our Lulu.com page: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php...
Thank you in advance for your support of The Veterans Book Project!
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