Boxcar Books is a non-profit, independent bookstore, infoshop, and community center in Bloomington, Indiana. Collectively run by volunteers, Boxcar Books is "one of the highest-volume zine sellers" in the United States. According to its website, the store exists to "promote reading, self-education, social equality, and social welfare through increased accessibility to literature and workshops." Boxcar Books is also the home of the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, a non-profit organization that distributes books and reading materials to prisoners.
Boxcar Books and Community Center was founded by Oliver Haimson and Matthew Turissini in 2001. The bookstore includes a wide selection of new and used nonfiction books with a particular focus on gender studies and "green" lifestyles. In 2008, the bookstore moved to a location closer to Indiana University.
In addition to poetry readings and community events, Boxcar Books regularly hosts the Writers Guild of Bloomington "Prose Reading & Open Mic" the first Sunday of the month and the "Bloomington Writer Project" every Tuesday afternoon. The bookstore holds an annual fundraising event for itself and the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project called the "Rock n' Roll Prom."
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- Reynolds, Adam. Boxcar Books: A B-town Store Like No Other, Bloom Magazine, Retrieved 26 November 2013
- Boxcar Books Mission Statement
- McDowell, Mercedez. Be an Advocate with Boxcar, Retrieved 27 November 2013
- Osman, Rachel. "Poets present work at Boxcar Books", Indiana Daily Student, Retrieved 27 November 2013
- Writers Guild of Bloomington webpage
- Bloomington Writing Project webpage
- McRobbie, Josephine. Boxcar Books Fundraiser Doubles As “Rock ‘N’ Roll Prom", Indiana Public Media, Retrieved 27 November 2013
- Wildeman, Mary Katherine "Student activist promotes 'traditionalism'", Indiana Daily Student, Retrieved 26 November 2013
- "TRADITIONALIST YOUTH NETWORK PROTESTS AT BOXCAR BOOKS IN BLOOMINGTON, IN", Retrieved 26 November 2013
- Mettler, Katie. "White supremacists protest bookstore", Indiana Daily Student, Retrieved 27 November 2013
- Boxcar Books - official website