For the release of Bernardine Evaristo’s new book, Manifesto, independent publisher, Grove Atlantic, is inviting readers to download and print The Evaristo Manifesto as a zine! Make your own and write down your intentions, motivations and convictions.
Share the making of your zine and manifesto by tagging @groveatlantic on social media!
About Manifesto: On Never Giving Up
Evaristo is the first Black woman and first Black British person to ever win the Booker Prize in its fifty-year history. In her vibrant and astonishing nonfiction debut, Manifesto, Evaristo recounts her life and career as she rebelled against the mainstream and fought for over several decades to bring her creative work into the world. With her characteristic humor, she describes her childhood with a Nigerian father and white Catholic mother, tells the story of how she helped set up Britain’s first Black women’s theatre company, remembers the queer relationships of her twenties, and recounts her determination to write books that were absent in the literary world around her. She reminds us of how far we have come, and how far we still have to go.
Both unconventional memoir and inspirational text, Manifesto is a unique reminder to us all to persist in doing work we believe in, even when we feel overlooked or discounted. Evaristo shows us how we can follow in her footsteps, from first vision to insistent perseverance, to eventual triumph.
Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing, and Processing has just been published by ALA (American Library Association) with contributions by our very own ZineCat community. The book contains insights from Katrin Abel, Jeremy Brett, Ann (A’misa) Matsushima Chiu, Marta Chudolinska, Jenna Freedman, Joan Jocson-Singh, Mica Johnson, Lauren Kehoe, Joshua Lupkin, Meg Metcalf, and Ziba Perez. Order your copy today!
Many of the authors have also shared their chapters at ZineLibraries.info. The project managers of the Zine Union Catalog have also contributed their knowledge.
Read Jenna Freedman’s “The Barnard Zine Library: The Controlled and the Wild” to learn about the development of the Zine Library at Barnard. It details how this special library and archive came together and includes images of ephemera from the process. Freedman is also sure to give credit to those who have helped her assemble the library along the way and is transparent about what needs improvement or could have been done differently while also sharing future goals for the institution. With humor and grace, this chapter gives a thorough behind-the-scenes view of the Barnard Zine Library.
To learn more about what we do at ZineCat, check out the chapter “The Zine Union Catalog” by Lauren Kehoe. The history and many goals of ZineCat are outlined in this essay. Kehoe expands upon how the catalog works, its beginnings, and its projected impact on the study, research, and dissemination of zines. Acknowledging the inherent tension within cataloging and the work that still needs to be done, the chapter ends with an open call. Please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved, know more about the Zine Union Catalog, or to simply share your thoughts! We deeply appreciate your feedback.
It has been over a year since our last post, so we thought it might be a good time to re-introduce readers to the Zine Union Catalog and our current staff.
We are a union catalog dedicated to zines. A union catalog is a resource where libraries can share cataloging and holdings information. The Zine Union Catalog (ZineCat) allows researchers to discover zine holdings by searching a single catalog and helps librarians copy catalog records to facilitate lending across libraries. ZineCat serves educators, researchers, librarians, archivists, and anyone in the general public with an interest in zines. Our goal is to welcome zine collections around the globe to upload and share their zines.
The Zine Union Catalog was first discussed by zine librarians at the first Zine Librarians unConference held in Seattle in 2009. Read more about the history of the project on the Zine Libraries website.
ZineCat is currently organized by:
Jenna Freedman – Project Co-Manager Contact: email@example.com Bio: Jenna Freedman is a zine maker and zine librarian. She founded and curates the Barnard Zine Library at Barnard College, where she also serves as the Associate Director of Communications and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Librarian. This project culminates her work at the CUNY Graduate Center. A product of public school education, Jenna earned her MLIS at the University of South Florida and her BA in theater at SUNY New Paltz. Jenna’s research and practice are primarily in the field of zine librarianship, a topic on which she writes and speaks frequently.
Lauren Kehoe – Project Co-Manager Contact: @lsrklibrarian Bio: Lauren Kehoe is the Accessibility and Accommodations Librarian at New York University. She received her undergraduate degree in Dramatic Literature from NYU in 2003, her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009, and her MA in Digital Humanities from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2020. Lauren is interested in supporting researchers and scholars in the library through proven and new methods of engaging with information.
Eric Goldhagen Freedman – Project Developer Contact: @ericgoldhagen Bio: Eric Goldhagen Freedman is a technologist, media producer, and EMT. After 20 years of managing Openflows Community Technology Cooperative he has recently started to work independently, supporting Non Profit Organizations, NGOs and advocacy groups use of technology. In the 1990s he initiated a project at ABC No Rio, a community-arts center in Manhattan that grew into a free public-access computer center for the neighborhood. Eric also teaches and gives presentations on the history and practice of Open Source/Free Software and software licenses at various conferences and academic institutions.
Jennifer Chen-su Huang – Outreach & Documentation Coordinator Contact: @hepoosclouds Bio: Jennifer Chen-su Huang is an artist and writer whose process-driven works interweave elements of craft tradition, language, history, and memoir. She graduated with her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Jennifer is currently an editor for the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of World Textiles and a graduate student at NYU where she is examining textile traditions through the lens of Performance Studies.