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Book Launch: The City We Make Together.

Join DiverseWorks at Basket Books & Art on Wednesday, November 16 at 6 pm for a special event celebrating the publication of The City We Make Together: City Council Meeting’s Primer for Participation by Mallory Catlett and Aaron Landsman. Former DiverseWorks Artistic Director Sixto Wagan and DW Deputy Director Jennifer Gardner will be in conversation with Landsman and Catlett, joining us via Zoom.

Please RSVP to DiverseWorks by November 15 at [email protected]. Seating is limited.

November 2022 marks 10 years since DiverseWorks co-commissioned and presented City Council Meeting, a participatory theater project about empathy, democracy, and power created by Catlett and Landsman along with Jim Findlay. The City We Make Together, published this year by the University of Iowa Press, traces the evolution of the performance of City Council Meeting in cities across the country.

From the publisher: “The City We Make Together looks at how we make art with communities, how we perform power and who gets to play which roles, and how we might use creativity and rigorous inquiry to look at our structures of democracy anew.”


Wednesday, November 16, 6 pm
Basket Books & Art
115 Hyde Park Blvd.
Houston, TX  77006

Read Nancy Wozny’s review of The City We Make Together for Arts + Culture Texas Magazine.

Basket Books & Art is an art space and independent bookstore devoted to art, literature, poetry, and thought, located in Montrose since May 2022. Named after Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas’s beloved poodle Basket, who lived at the intersection of art and literature, Basket Books & Art offers a gathering place for Houston’s many arts communities and a portal to worlds beyond.

Image credit: a group of middle school students, led by Cinimin Howard, in conversation with Councilor Stephen Costello in the Eldorado Ballroom, City Council Meeting 2012, Houston. Photo by Rachel Cook.