Last night’s launch of Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers went spectacularly! Author Marcello Di Cintio had an engaging discussion of the book (and a few of the stories that didn’t make the cut) with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, as well as a Q&A with the audience. The night rounded off with a successful book giveaway! The event was hosted by Biblioasis, Shelf Life Books, and Glass Bookshop.
And in case you missed it, you can still watch the launch here:
In conversations with drivers ranging from veterans of foreign wars to Indigenous women protecting one another, Di Cintio explores the borderland of the North American taxi.
“A taxi,” writes Marcello Di Cintio, “is a border.” Inside every cab is a space both private and public: accessible to all, and yet, once the doors close, strangely intimate, as two strangers who might otherwise never have met share a five or fifty minute trip. In a series of interviews with Canadian taxi drivers, their backgrounds ranging from the Iraqi National Guard, to the Westboro Baptist Church, to an arranged marriage that left one woman stranded in a foreign country, Di Cintio seeks out those missed conversations, revealing the untold lives of the people who take us where we want to go.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books, including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize, and Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense—also a W. O. Mitchell Prize winner. Di Cintio’s magazine writing has appeared in publications such as The International New York Times, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic and Afar.
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