City Imagines: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers

12aug7:00 pm8:00 pmCity Imagines: The Secret Lives of Taxi DriversIn conversation with author Marcello Di Cintio.

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A conversation with author Marcello Di Cintio, in dialogue with Amber Dawn, on his new book Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers.


Marcello Di Cintio

Marcello Di Cintio is the award-winning author of five books, including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades and Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense. Di Cintio’s newest book is Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers. He lives in Calgary.

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Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers

“The taxi,” writes Marcello Di Cintio, “is a border.” Occupying the space between public and private, a cab brings together people who might otherwise never have met—yet most of us sit in the back and stare at our phones. Nowhere else do people occupy such intimate quarters and share so little. In a series of interviews with 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 with nothing but a suitcase, Driven seeks out those missed conversations, revealing the unknown stories that surround us.

Travelling across borders of all kinds, from battlefields and occupied lands to midnight fares and Tim Hortons parking lots, Di Cintio chronicles the many journeys each driver made merely for the privilege to turn on their rooflight. Yet these lives aren’t defined by tragedy or frustration but by ingenuity and generosity, hope and indomitable hard work. From night school and sixteen-hour shifts to schemes for athletic careers and the secret Shakespeare of Dylan’s lyrics, Di Cintio’s subjects share the passions and triumphs that drive them.



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