I LIVE HERE
(Pantheon Books/October 14, 2008/$29.95) 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 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.
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.