Xerox has unveiled a collaborative book featuring 14 celebrated writers and creative talents in support of global literacy.
Speaking of Work: A Story of Love, Suspense and Paperclips, which boasts a cover designed by Chip Kidd, contains work from talents including Jonathan Ames, Lee Child, Billy Collins, Jonathan Safran Foer, Roxane Gay, Aimee Mann and Gary Shteyngart.
From a pickpocket mediating a sidewalk showdown between corporate bean-counters, to an executive reflecting on working in a private office environment versus an open setting, the creative excursion deploys literary devices as an exposé of the modern workplace.
The free book is the apex of Xerox’s (NYSE: XRX) Project: SET THE PAGE FREE™, in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y.
Jeff Jacobson, chief executive officer, Xerox, said Project: SET THE PAGE FREE evoked a “creative expression of the value Xerox has created since the company was founded”.
“Xerox”, he added, “started with helping people work, communicate and collaborate, and today transcends working freely between physical and digital worlds.”
The contributing authors and creative talents include:
- Jonathan Ames, author, screenwriter, You Were Never Really Here, Bored to Death
- Lee Child, author, Jack Reacher thriller series
- Billy Collins, poet, The Rain in Portugal, Aimless Love
- Jonathan Coulton, singer-songwriter, Solid State, Smoking Monkey
- Sloane Crosley, author, essayist, The Clasp, I Was Told There’d be Cake
- Joshua Ferris, author, The Dinner Party and Other Stories, Then We Came to the End
- Jonathan Safran Foer, author, Here I Am, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
- Roxane Gay, author, Hunger, Bad Feminist
- Chip Kidd, award-winning graphic designer
- Valeria Luiselli, author, Tell Me How it Ends, The Story of My Teeth
- Alain Mabanckou, author, Black Moses, Broken Glass
- Aimee Mann, singer-songwriter, Mental Illness, Save Me
- Joyce Carol Oates, author, A Book of American Martyrs, We Were the Mulvaneys
- Gary Shteyngart, author, Little Failure: A Memoir, Super Sad True Love Story
A one-of-a kind project
92nd Street Y, known for forging deep connections between readers and writers all over the world, secured the line-up of authors and provided editing for the final book.
“What a thrilling opportunity to commission the brilliant writers who grace our storied stage to explore questions of work today and together create our very own modern workplace in the process,” said Bernard Schwartz, director of 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center.
New York Times bestselling author, Sloane Crosley, sets the scene in the book’s introduction: “These stories take place on street corners and in classrooms, in parking lots and Genius Bars. And because this virtual office is occupied by writers, who are rarely in danger of under-thinking an issue, there’s also plenty of nostalgia, for longing for the days of warm photo copies and nubby carpeting.”
Watch how the iconic paperclip shaped Chip Kidd’s cover design
Xerox is aiding global literacy
As part of the initiative, Xerox is helping to turn the page on global literacy by way of donations to 92Y and Worldreader, a global nonprofit advocate of digital reading in underserved communities.
David Risher, CEO of Worldreader, said content “no longer needs to be confined by format or borders”.
“We are committed to harnessing the power of technology to bring information and inspiration to readers around the world. This project makes that connection and shows how technology can bring powerful new possibilities to life.”
The free eBook can be downloaded at www.SetThePageFree.com