Books have always played a role in shaping society. From the moment Gutenberg’s Bible was set to print, books have served to educate, inform, democratize and redefine. The enduring legacy of the book as a powerful vehicle for social transformation is just as significant today as it was over five hundred years ago. Artists’ books can serve as powerful catalysts for addressing social issues such as race, diversity, inclusion, sustainability and much more. They can challenge us to rethink and reframe our historical and current narratives and offer new perspectives. To read the complete essay, visit the Overview Essay tab of this guide.
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