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We make soft-bound, print-on-demand books out of personal archives of images, words and memories from the current wars.
We make soft-bound, print-on-demand books out of personal archives of images, words and memories from the current wars.
124 backers pledged $7,630 to help bring this project to life.

Early in 2011

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you very well in 2011.

Only 21 days to reach our goal! And, still, lots of money to raise. With the new year, I feel energized and optimistic that we can do it with all of your help. Please spread the word!

Now, a little news from the Veterans Book Project: I am currently in New York writing, reading and preparing for the spring workshops. As I review the books we made in 2010, and continue to read news as both wars continue, I am motivated for the next six months of bookmaking. Our first 2011 workshop is at the Minneapolis VA Hospital in February. Four veterans living with traumatic brain injuries will participate. In late February, the team heads west to Colorado Springs, CO, and then San José, CA. We are returning to the Bay Area upon the request of former bookmakers, Pamela Olson and Mary-Ann Rich, who are busy organizing a second workshop. Then we move forward with our East Coast workshop tour starting in late March. All the while, we continue to field many inquiries from enthusiastic organizations and individuals wanting to make books.

As for January, we are taking a break from workshops but a lot is still happening:

1. Over the holidays, Jesse’s book was reviewed by Yale Cohn:

http://issuu.com/yale_cohn/docs/windowsintowartime...

2. Mary-Ann’s writing was just published in:

http://www.contracostatimes.com/back-from-battle/ci_16989442...

3. We are organizing activities and making books with the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project. To learn more about them and their incredible mission, check out their website:
http://reconciliationproject.org/