An Invitation to No Borders Free Bookstore

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An Invitation to No Borders Free Bookstore

Postby cenacle » Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:44 am

Burner friends,

For six years now, and again in 2005, I have been coming to Burning Man and setting up the No Borders Free Bookstore, usually at Center Camp. 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.

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 36 Burning Man Books titles, as I bring 6 new ones each year. After a long wish to do so, I've finally got these books online at my website and available for all through cyberspace as well as annually at Burning Man. This has been and is my gift to the city, and I offer it all to you at the following place:

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

I hope you like what you find. While computer files are not the same as being handed a neat little book at BRC, they are an approximation of what I've been offering up, and on that basis I hope you find them enjoyable.

Peace & fire,
Raymond

PS--I invite you also to visit the rest of that site, there are other works there to be read & had:
http://www.geocities.com/scriptorpress
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Postby 5x5 » Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:03 am

nice! i didn't check the link but i love the idea!

i have a couple of dozen of tiny books i got in england - they cost 1 pound each, and they are very small and portable. if you are accepting donations i can try to bring them with me! they are classic works and short stories, some a little steamy.

(i know i keep too much stuff when i keep thinking of more and more things i should take for gifts!!!)
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that would be great

Postby cenacle » Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:37 am

donations are always a great idea, we should talk more...but please check the link too, it was a LOT of work getting these books into Web format, i really want people to see and enjoy them!
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Postby 5x5 » Wed Jan 26, 2005 5:31 pm

wow it must have been a lot of work!!

great job! any ideas of what you'll make for 2005?
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Postby Tiara » Thu Jan 27, 2005 4:01 pm

This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for all the effort you put into it.

I printed out several to read while I commute.
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Postby cenacle » Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:43 pm

this year kassi and i will add about 9 more books to the bookstore collection...we usually give out the books at center camp like wed to saturday...please come by if you come to BM...and go to my website to get them there too...we love BRC and its people :)
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