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Dear Zinesters,

I've got a project in Chicago known as the Book Bike. I started it two summers ago and have given away 3,000 new and used books since its inception. To learn about the Book Bike please check out this link where you can read some press on it:www.somethingtoread.net/book-bike

The reason I'm bringing it to your attention is because this summer I am going to announce a new focus for the Book Bike: I am going to start giving away only independent press and zines. I have had the great fun of giving away all kinds of books and connecting with my community from south-side to west-side to north-side (east-side is a giant lake) and now I want to go one step further and not only promote reading and building/cherishing a private library, but I want to use this vehicle as a means to promote new, independent lit. I want the Book Bike to become a roving bastion of the global independent scene.

And so: this is an open call request for your participation! I want to distribute free copies of your zines/independently published books/etc from the Book Bike. I know it will cost you shipping and maybe other expenses, but I hope you would see it as an investment of sorts. I am not making any money from this project so there's no secret motive here, its just to help spread the word through a hopefully-unique means.

My contact information (phone and email) is on my website, please don't hesitate to let me know if you are interested!

With regards,
Gabriel Levinson

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Comment by Gabriel Levinson on February 28, 2010 at 4:07pm

Yes! Please repost anywhere you think would be good. This entire project is word-of-mouth, so that would be excellent.

I wish I could get to CZF, I was unable to take off work to attend (I work at a theatre, nights and weekends are average workdays). Although if you know of any after-parties, I'm there.

Donations are always appreciated for the Book Bike. Personal checks or money orders made to Gabriel Levinson, can be sent to the PO Box listed for DEUSEXPAGINA here.

If we can't meet up during CZF, and provided the roads aren't icy, I can always bike to you to accept zine/book donations. For anyone else checking out this post: if you aren't based in Chicago, or if its easier to drop in the mail, send zines/books/et al to the address on this page.

Thanks Milo!
Comment by Milo on February 28, 2010 at 3:17pm
hey, can I repost this? Also, will you take donations at CZF? We'll be there, and can probably give you some extra copies of some zines.

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