Event Recap: The BOOKMOBILE Book

On Wednesday, June 10, Librairie D+Q were pleased to host the launch of The BOOKMOBILE Book and a casual conversation between two of its editors, Leila Pourtavaf and Onya Hogan-Finlay, and two of its contributors, Isabelle St. Amand and Anna Leventhal.

The BOOKMOBILE Book documents the inception of the MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project and its subsequent five years traveling across North America from 2001-2005.

Editor and co-founder Leila Pourtavaf began by recounting how the BOOKMOBILE project started back in 1999. As Concordia students, she came together with Onya Hogan-Finlay and Courtney Dailey as a collective to take a travelling exhibition of independent books and zines on the road, with the goal of making small and local publications more accessible to a wider public.

Afterwards, Onya talked about being a youth of the nineties, and being heavily influenced by the punk and DIY scene. For her, zines were the way that she became politicized in the 90s and the BOOKMOBILE exhibitions tried to encapsulate zines' political potential.

Contributor Isabelle St. Amand, who worked to make the project bilingual and spearheaded the tour in Quebec, spoke about the challenges and thrills of making the BOOKMOBILE available to a French reading audience. 

And contributor Anna Leventhal spoke last about her experience touring with the BOOKMOBILE, sleeping in vans and seeing vaginas drawn from christmas lights while on the road.

Thank you to everyone who came out! We have copies of The BOOKMOBILE Book available at the store.

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