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Have you ever wanted to make your very own book? This workshop is a chance for you to make a zine (a self-published, mini magazine). Graphic novelist and co-founder of Maamoul Press, Leila Abdelrazaq, will lead participants through the creation of short, handmade zines in response to materials in the library's collection. Participants can employ illustration, collage, poetry, or other kinds of creative responses to library materials in the making of their zine. No experience is necessary.

Materials (pens, pencils, paper, etc.) will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own favorite pen or journal.

Maamoul Press is a multi-disciplinary small press and collective for the creation, curation and dissemination of art at the intersection of comics, printmaking, and book arts. We seek to uplift work from a diverse range of creators from marginalized backgrounds, fostering the arts in those communities through publishing, workshops, exhibitions, and distribution.

Leila Abdelrazaq is a Palestinian author and artist born in Chicago and currently living in Detroit. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi (Just World Books 2015) was shortlisted for the 2015 Palestine Book Awards and has been translated into three languages. She is also the author and Illustrator of The Opening (Tosh Fesh, 2017) as well as a number of zines and short comics. Her creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugees, history, memory, and borders. She is co-founder of Maamoul Press.

This event is part of the ongoing series, Cool Work x Interesting People.

Photo credit: Leila Abdelrazaq

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