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Artists’ books disrupt readers’ expectations of the physical book and are thus a perfect medium for breaking down boundaries, providing fresh perspectives, and giving voice to individuals, communities, and movements not fully represented in conventional publishing. 

Every Book a Mirror presents artists’ books and zines from the Sloane Art Library at UNC-Chapel Hill that are engaged with urgent social issues of the 21st century. The illustrated ‘flagship’ works are accompanied by details of others reflecting similar themes. Whether addressing a monumental issue like climate change or the intimate details of an individual history, our featured works use craft, storytelling, and the simple act of publishing to make powerful statements. 

Our title is borrowed from a quote by Michael Ende: “Is not every book a mirror in which the reader is reflected?” These works hold that mirror up to both reader and society, helping us to see ourselves and each other in new light.