August 17, 2004

Library of Unwritten Books

Library of Unwritten Books is a collection of possible books. Short interviews are recorded with people about a book they dream of writing or making. Limited edition mini-books are published from transcripts of the interviews, which are made available to readers at exhibitions and special events.

Artists Caroline Jupp and Sam Brown collect the books through random encounters in shopping centres, parks, and city streets, and by invitations to visit schools, hospitals, public libraries, and community centres. People are prompted to spontaneously record their unrealised ideas, fictional tales, and personal histories. A small mobile recording unit is used to interview the potential authors. All contributors to the library receive a free copy of their own unwritten book. The collection is evidence of the common desire to write a book and is an ongoing survey of this literary phenomenon. The library catalogue will eventually contain over one thousand titles and will be permanently housed at the Mass-Observation Archive at University of West Sussex.