Smiling through the mask. A traveling book
Author: Danièle Archambault, Linguist and Cartoonist.
Smiling through the mask. A traveling book is a collection of humorous cartoons about life during the COVID-19 pandemic. This “traveling book” edition was made possible with the support of the Palo Alto Public Art Program through its ArtLift Microgrants. During the summer of 2021, 100 copies of this book were deposited in neighborhood book boxes and public place, throughout Palo Alto. People can enjoy it for a while and then pass it on to someone else. The goal is to help people to rediscover their sense of belonging to the community by laughing together at situations we all experienced. Each copy of the book has a unique number. Just like you want your loved ones to check in with you while they’re traveling, you can help this book check in while it’s traveling by sharing its unique number in your #SmilingThruTheMask posts. If you are in the area, join in the fun and share your own #SmilingThruTheMask stories and creative work!
People can look at the following map to see where the books have been left.