Boxcar Books

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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.[1] According to its website, the store exists to "promote reading, self-education, social equality, and social welfare through increased accessibility to literature and workshops."[2] 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.[3]


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[4] and community events, Boxcar Books regularly hosts the Writers Guild of Bloomington "Prose Reading & Open Mic"[5] the first Sunday of the month and the "Bloomington Writer Project"[6] 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."[7]

Target of Hate Groups[edit]

Boxcar Books has been the target of protests by a white supremacist hate group called the Traditionalist Youth Network.[8][9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reynolds, Adam. Boxcar Books: A B-town Store Like No Other, Bloom Magazine, Retrieved 26 November 2013
  2. ^ Boxcar Books Mission Statement
  3. ^ McDowell, Mercedez. Be an Advocate with Boxcar, Retrieved 27 November 2013
  4. ^ Osman, Rachel. "Poets present work at Boxcar Books", Indiana Daily Student, Retrieved 27 November 2013
  5. ^ Writers Guild of Bloomington webpage
  6. ^ Bloomington Writing Project webpage
  7. ^ McRobbie, Josephine. Boxcar Books Fundraiser Doubles As “Rock ‘N’ Roll Prom", Indiana Public Media, Retrieved 27 November 2013
  8. ^ Wildeman, Mary Katherine "Student activist promotes 'traditionalism'", Indiana Daily Student, Retrieved 26 November 2013
  10. ^ Mettler, Katie. "White supremacists protest bookstore", Indiana Daily Student, Retrieved 27 November 2013

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