Did you know there is an exhibition of the Al-Mutanabbi artist books in Tacoma right now? If you are in the area stop by on Wednesday evening to hear project founder Beau Beasoleil talk about the project. He’s a brilliant, thoughtful, deep thinker who has a lot to say about this amazing project that he has championed so strongly for so many years. What he has accomplished with this project is quite remarkable and his talk is highly recommended.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7–8 p.m.
Beau Beausoleil on his book Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the Bombing of Baghdad’s ‘Street of the Booksellers’
Collins Memorial Library, McCormick Room. Free.
Beau Beausoleil is the founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition and co-curator of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here book exhibit. He recently published the anthology of writings Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the Bombing of Baghdad’s “Street of the Booksellers.”Exploring the question “Where does al-Mutanabbi Street start?” the book looks at both communities and nations, seeking to show the commonality between a small street in Baghdad and major cultural centers. Chapters examine al-Mutanabbi Street as a place that has long offered sanctuary to diverse Iraqi voices, and a place where the roots of democracy took hold hundreds of years ago.