Few of us think too much about where books come from, but amidst poverty and low literacy rates, it is an important question. The Cartonera publishing movement of Latin America addresses poverty and literacy through employing cartoneros, garbage pickers, to collect cardboard to be used as covers for colorful, handmade, and cheap books. UW-Madison holds one of the largest collections of these books and editors from some of the most well-known Cartonera publishing houses will be in Madison this week for the first ever Cartonera Publishers Conference.
- Ksenija Bilbija, co-organizer of Cartonera Publishers Conference 2009, Professor of Spanish American Literatures and Cultures, Director of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program
- Jaime Vargas Luna, one of the founding members of Sarita Cartonera, a cartonera publishing house, in Peru and one of the attendees of the conference