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Al-Mutanabbi Street Inventory Project

In 2010 San Francisco poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil founded the Al-Mutanabbi Street Inventory Project to commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad's famous bookselling thoroughfare, which left thirty people dead and the city's literary center devastated. Since then, Beausoleil has commissioned 261 artist books, created by artists from around the world to celebrate al-Mutanabbi Street and the resilience of the written word. This past March, a group of the books was selected for exhibition by the San Francisco Center for the Book; Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, on display at the center until May 11, includes fifty-five artist books from the inventory. The images below represent just a few of the works currently on display. 

  • 1 of 8Evidence Vol. 48, 6134, 27, 537, 1129
    Credit: Courtesy of San Francisco Center for the Book

    Evidence Vol. 48, 6134, 27, 537, 1129

    "Evidence Vol. 48, 6134, 27, 537, 1129" by Ania Gilmore and Annie Zeybekoglu, United States.

  • 2 of 8Fragile
    Credit: Courtesy of San Francisco Center for the Book

    Fragile

    "Fragile" by Dorothy Krause, United States. 

  • 3 of 8Monday
    Credit: Courtesy of San Francisco Center for the Book

    Monday

    "Monday" by Kathleen O'Connell, Peru. 

  • 4 of 8Redemption
    Credit: Courtesy of San Francisco Center for the Book

    Redemption

    "Redemption" by Lizanne van Essen, United Kingdom.

  • 5 of 8The Song Lives On
    Credit: Courtesy of San Francisco Center for the Book

    The Song Lives On

    "The Song Lives On" by John Bently, United Kingdom.

  • 6 of 8Until It Is in Flame
    Credit: Courtesy of San Francisco Center for the Book

    Until It Is in Flame

    "Until It Is in Flame" by Beau Beausoleil and Andrea Hassiba, United States. 

  • 7 of 8Witness
    Credit: Courtesy of San Francisco Center for the Book

    Witness

    "Witness" by Miriam Schaer, United States. 

  • 8 of 8World of Books
    Credit: Courtesy of San Francisco Center for the Book

    World of Books

    "World of Books" by Sas Colby, United States. 

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