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From Trash to Treasure: Introducing the libros cartoneros from Latin America and Spain: A Multimedia Exhibition


Since emerging in Argentina in 2003, the libros cartoneros have flourished throughout Latin America and Spain. Bound in recycled cardboard, these distinctive handmade books are published by small independent presses with noble aspirations: to promote writing and make literature more accessible to the people.

The exhibition features a selection of the nearly 500 cardboard books from 22 publishers collected by the IU Libraries.The physical exhibition consists of eight cases in the East Tower and is supplemented by a poster display and the use of the IQ-Wall. There are also further books on display in the main lobby display cases.

The co-curators of this exhibition are Luis A. González (Librarian for Latin American, Spanish & Portuguese, and Latino Studies) and Denise Stuempfle (Cataloger of Latin American Studies).


The exhibition "From Trash to Treasure" will be on display on the main floor of the East Tower of the Herman B Wells Library through November 9, 2012.


Check out the IU Libraries Area Studies page on Facebook to get a sneak peek at the exhibit as well as find up-to-date information regarding the upcoming workshop and other department events: