Powell Library Rotunda
Monday, March 5
Known as “the street of booksellers,” al-Mutanabbi Street is a legendary locale in Baghdad, a winding lane filled with bookstores, outdoor book stalls, small presses, and cafes where books have been made, sold, and discussed for centuries. In March 2007 a massive car bomb targeted this historic heart of the city’s intellectual and literary community, leaving thirty dead and one hundred injured.
This event celebrates the opening of an exhibit of broadsides and artists’ books created by letter-press artists and writers around the world in response to the bombing. It will feature an exhibit tour led by Beau Beausoleil, the force behind the broadside project, and readings by writers including Dima Hilal, Jen Hofer, Elline Lipkin, Afaf Nash, Jim Natal, Aram Saroyan, Janet Sternburg, and Sholeh Wolpe.
The exhibit and event are co-sponsored by the UCLA Library, Center for Near Eastern Studies, and the Dean of Humanities Fund. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. The exhibit will remain on view through April 30.
The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. Parking is $11; the closest parking is in structures four, two, or five. See the UCLA maps and directions page for more information.
Admission to the event is free, and seating is unreserved.