I live here
I LIVE HERE (Pantheon Books/October 14, 2008) is a visually stunning paper documentary, in which the lives of refugees and displaced people become at once personal and universal. It is a raw and intimate journey to crises in four corners of the world: war in Chechnya, ethnic cleansing in Burma, globalization in Mexico, and HIV/AIDS in Malawi.
The voices we encounter are those of displaced women and children, told in their own words or by noted writers and artists, including Joe Sacco, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chris Abani, and many others. Threaded throughout these accounts is Mia Kirshner’s intimate travel narrative, brought vividly to life in collaboration with writer J.B. MacKinnon and designers Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons.
On the Burmese-Thai border, Kirshner finds refugee camps overrun by starvation, lack of medical care, forced labor and myriad other problems. At a brothel, she meets female sex workers with powdered faces and ruby lips, many of whom are refugees and HIV positive. Here we see and hear personal stories from those without a channel to tell them. These are the individuals who never make the front pages or nightly news.
This groundbreaking book is but one element of a larger project known as the I Live Here Foundation, committed to establishing creative writing programs for marginalized people. Further information is available at i-live-here.com.
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I Live Here. Published by Pantheon in October 2008
Coming from Pantheon Books in October 2008
A paper documentary
An intimate journey
to crises in four corners of the world:
ETHNIC CLEANSING IN BURMA
GLOBALIZATION IN MEXICO
AIDS IN MALAWAI
WAR IN CHECHNYA
On Sale October 14, 2008
Who we are
Make change. Be changed.
I Live Here books and media projects give overlooked stories the power to drive change.
Our approach is unique:
- We work directly with marginalized people, supporting and promoting their own writing and artwork
- We collaborate with noted writers and artists to produce journals, stories, images, graphic novellas, and other works that go far beyond the “crisis journalism” of the news media
- We launch campaigns to give our audience the ability to directly support the communities they connect with through our work.
We are currently considering prospective locations, including Iran and Colombia, for a second book project in 2009. In 2009, our second creative writing program will launch in brothels along the Thailand/Burma border.