News & Events & Meetings

Friday April 18th, 7pm
Local Poet David Watters Book Release
w/ Bryce Martin, Dave Torneo

Saturday, April 19th, 3pm

Willy Vlautin, Novelist

Reading from new novel, The Free

Vlautin’s haunting fourth novel, The Free (2014), demonstrates his extraordinary talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life. While his deftly-etched characters wrestle the everyday battles of the working class, they never lose hope, always searching for meaning and human connection in distressing times. This ambitious novel extends his singular literary vision with a lovingly rendered story of three intersecting lives.

Oregon Public Broadcasting re: Willy:

The IU Cinema will be showing a film adaptation of another of Willy's books, The Motel Life, the evening after this reading:

“In The Free, Willy Vlautin gives us a portrait of American life that is so hard and so heartbreaking that it should be unbearable, but it isn’t. The straightforward beauty of Vlautin’s writing, and the tender care he shows his characters, turns a story of struggle into indispensable reading. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”

— Ann Patchett

“Willy Vlautin is one of the bravest novelists writing. Murderers, cheats, sadists, showy examples of the banality of evil, are easy, but it takes real courage to write a novel about ordinary good people… (he) tells us who really lives now in our America, our city in ruins.”

—  Ursula K. Le Guin


Thursday April 24th, 5:30pm

Indiana Univesity Gender Studies Faculty Reading & Mixer
w/Colin Johnson, Marlon Bailey, Brenda Weber, Claudia Breger, Maria San Filippo

Come hear some new work and socialize w/ members of Indiana University's Gender Studies Department! Sure to be engaging and fun! 

Friday, April 25th, 7pm

Kate Pleuss, Gus Allis

Zine Reading from The Barf Zine, Short Play
Discussion on Food, Bodies, & Eating Disorders

The Barf Zine is making its way across the Midwest to bring you rarely discussed blunt analysis, and personal anecdotes about body image, food, eating disorders, and radical identities!

For far too long activists, communists, anarchists, feminists, and queers have turned a blind eye to issues of body dysphoria, fatphobia, and eating disorders. Our insistence that these problems exist only in the normative culture silences the very real comrades, friends, lovers in our community who struggle daily.

The Barf Zine is an anthology of personal narratives from the people in these diverse communities that are tired of being quiet. We are speaking out, and we want you to listen!

As an extra special treat, the Barf Zine Tour is pleased to welcome zine contributor Gus Allis and her short, one ¬woman play entitled “I Thought Fat Girls Were Supposed to be Funny?” along for the ride. Through an intense, darkly funny, brutal monologue, Allis addresses the audience and forces them to examine the effects of fatphobia on one woman's life.

Gus Allis is a writer, performer, and storyteller based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Specializing in brutal, blunt prose, she enjoys changing minds and opening hearts through emotional oversharing, TMI-filled monologues, and mythological metaphors. When she was 5 years old, she cut off all the eyelashes on one of her eyes because she wanted to see if it would make half her face look like a boy. It didn't.

Kate Pleuss grew up with cats and chickens in WI and now lives in an itsy bitsy commune in Columbus OH. She works on DIY projects that have a point and get to it. She works with prisoners in OH and enjoys writing short stories every once in a while. Kate has also acted in and co-produced plays with Insurgent Theatre from 2008 to 2014.


Boxcar Books
provides a free meeting room and access to other resources for community, activist, literary, and special interest groups. The meeting room is separate from the retail space and may be utilized before, during, and after normal business hours. Please get in touch with us to make our meeting space more active! To reserve the meeting space for your group, please contact



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Bloomington Writing Project meets every Tuesday from 3:30pm-6:30pm at Boxcar Books in the meeting space and offers free writing consultation for writers of all levels. 

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project now meets at 118 S. Rogers Suite #2

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Book and monetary donations should still be dropped off at Boxcar Books.

Mondays: 7-9pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project (during school year)

Tuesdays: 7-10pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project (Community Night)

Wednesdays: 3-6pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

Thursdays 7-10pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

Sundays 2-5pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project