“A taxi,” writes Marcello Di Cintio, “is a border.” Inside every cab is a space both private and public: accessible to all, and yet, once the doors close, strangely intimate, as two strangers who might otherwise never have met share a five or fifty minute trip. In a series of interviews with Canadian taxi drivers, their backgrounds ranging from the Iraqi National Guard, to the Westboro Baptist Church, to an arranged marriage that left one woman stranded in a foreign country, Di Cintio seeks out those missed conversations, revealing the untold lives of the people who take us where we want to go.
In conversations with drivers ranging from veterans of foreign wars to Indigenous women protecting one another, Di Cintio explores the borderland of the North American taxi.
Readers can join the virtual book launch of Marcello Di Cintio’s Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers! Hosted by Biblioasis, Shelf Life Books, and Glass Bookshop. Marcello Di Cintio will be joined in discussion by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
The event will be streaming live on Facebook and on YouTube on Thursday, May 13 at 7 PM MDT / 9 PM EDT.
You are invited to join the Virtal Book Lauch