An Invitation to No Borders Free Bookstore, BRC, 2008

An Invitation to No Borders Free Bookstore, BRC, 2008

Postby cenacle » Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:09 pm

Burner friends,

For ten years now I have been coming to Burning Man and setting up the No Borders Free Bookstore, usually at Center Camp. I wanted to invite everyone going to BRC this year to stop by and take a look. This idea came to me before BM 99, my first burn, when I was looking for a way to participate. My background is in books, I have three degrees related to literature, writing, and publishing, & I wanted to share this passion of mine with my fellow BRCitizens. Since 2004 I've been coming with my wife KD.

I thought about all the people I'd met over time who were smart and deep yet were not bookstore/library types...perhaps if I chose carefully, I could bring small chapbook-sized home-published books to share my love of literary art with these folks, and everyone else there. So I selected authors I felt would appeal to the wide range of lovely freaky souls who go to BM. I made them small books to be easily transportable around the city, and made as inexpensively as possible so there would be no guilt if lost or passed along to someone else.

That first year I brought little books of writings by Rumi, Rilke, Dickinson, and an anthology of writings about psychedelics (my strong feeling being that many who engage the psychedelic sacrament often do so with little background in their physical or metaphysical import), and a Burning Man coloring book. My friend Mio and I, her being my partner in the project that first year, were warmly received of our idea, and I have pursued it every Burn since. I also bring other titles that my Scriptor Press publishes.

There are now 60 Burning Man Books titles, as we bring 6 new ones each year. We also have these books online at our website and available for all through cyberspace as well as annually at Burning Man. This has been and is our gift to the city, and we offer it all to you at the following place:

http://www.geocities.com/scriptorpress/ ... store.html

The newest titles we’re working on include works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, W.S. Merwin, Rachel Carson, Hakim Bey, and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Hope to see you on the playa in 2008 ☺

Peace & fire,
Raymond

PS--I invite you also to visit the rest of that site, there are other works there to be read & had:
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Postby sunn » Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:33 pm

Hey, I remember stopping by your bordersfreebookstore last BM...what a great gift you guys were giving. I love to read and it was really appreciated, thank you.
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Postby cenacle » Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:44 pm

hey that's great, it's good to make friends in the desert...come around again this year and say hi...it's been a hard summer, i just got laid off and trying to get a job again before the trek out to the desert...incentive, really, get a job and celebrate in the city :)
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Book mobile??

Postby Marscrumbs » Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:47 pm

Is this the bookmobile camp or are you something else?

If you are not does anybody know if the Bookmobile is coming this year.
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Postby gyre » Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:24 pm

Your stuff sounds great.
Must have missed it somehow.

Why don't you post on here with the other playa literature?
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You like writing and only have 11 posts?
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Postby JezebelinHell » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:28 am

I don't know if the Bookmobile is going to be there this year, but I do know that the No Borders Bookstore is an entirely different entitiy. Hopefully they're both around because I am a total literature whore and I want all the free books I can get my grubby little hands on.
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Postby cenacle » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:16 am

Yes, No Borders will be there, at Center Camp, the big tent with the coffee and couches and so on. We set up some tables somewhere around the edge, usually away from the main stage where it is a little bit loud :) KD and I have been working for months now to get ready...

Hope to see you guys there :)
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Postby Timezone LaFontaine » Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:26 am

I got a William Faulkner short story from you last year. A rather devastating story, one which continues to come to mind from time to time. Thanks for all your work!
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Postby cenacle » Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:25 pm

That's a great story. It was a challenge to pick one piece to represent Faulkner but "Dry September" is pretty damned perfect.
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Postby sunn » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:06 pm

Yeah, I've gone to the Bookmobile before, that's a nice thing to have in the desert, too, when you're wandering around...but this was such a nice and unexpected surprise in Center camp last year! I remember stopping in my tracks and looking again, and of course in the real world you would have charged me...but it's Burning Man, so you said, "Would you like a book?"
Wow! Would I like a book? That's like asking me if I want a big, giant-sized chocolate bar (yep, two of my best things in life!) :lol:

Anyway, I'll look forward to meeting you guys and saying thanks again in person! See you at the Burn soon...[/b]
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Postby sunn » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:07 pm

Yeah, I've gone to the Bookmobile before, that's a nice thing to have in the desert, too, when you're wandering around...but this was such a nice and unexpected surprise in Center camp last year! I remember stopping in my tracks and looking again, and of course in the real world you would have charged me...but it's Burning Man, so you said, "Would you like a book?"
Wow! Would I like a book? That's like asking me if I want a big, giant-sized chocolate bar (yep, two of my best things in life!) :lol:

Anyway, I'll look forward to meeting you guys and saying thanks again in person! See you at the Burn soon...
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Postby cenacle » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:15 pm

wow, that's so nice to hear :) i think it proves that just about anybody can find something of themselves to bring to BRC and gift...we're working on the books right now, lots of page layout, editing, proofreading, printing etc going on here...your book or books is being made now! and others who read this too :twisted:
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