Reading In Public Global

We want to share the Reading in Public Concept!

Reading In Public (RIP!) was formed to celebrate the written word by way of community performance in public spaces. We'd love to see the concept shared and hosted in your community.

Please read our CC license and our Open Book Agreement and e-mail us a letter of interest to  info[at]

Please include the following in your letter:
  1. Name of nonprofit or organization
  2. Contact name, telephone number and e-mail
  3. Description and date(s) of your event
  4. How you heard about us
RIP uses a Creative Commons License that allows for sharing with the global community while excluding for profit entities, corporations (without express permission) and big changes to the structure of the concept. If  your idea fits with the Reading In Public concept we will gladly send you an Open Book Agreement.

RIP Projects
The Reading Chair
Designed by Chris Allen the RIP Reading Chair was wheeled to various downtown locations in San Luis Obispo, California, where assigned readers took turns sitting and reading. Readers were people of all ages and walks of life who shared a passion not only for words, but for story telling. They chose their own reading materials and crafted their own performances.

Feel free to borrow the Reading Chair for your event. Contact us for details! info[at]

Library! is an abandoned newspaper rack, repurposed into an informal traveling book and culture exchange within the city of San Luis Obispo, a venue for creative readers who care that reading not become a lost art.

Readers of all ages will be able to find books, magazines, sketchbooks, or an actual piece of book art, and borrowers are encouraged to leave an item for lending. Each piece will have a library card documenting its travels. When a reader checks a piece out, they're asked to sign the card and leave those in a box located on top of the rack. We welcome creative annotation to all the art pieces, and we encourage personal notes in the books left by readers.

Visual Rest Stop
We're attempting to build a visual rest stop on Flickr, for anything related to reading in the wide open public.

Creative Commons License
Reading In Public by Mignon Khargie & Cate Trujillo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
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