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Putting book stacks in cities where there are few books

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The book-placing app is the latest contribution by Ms. Holzer, a sculptor, photographer and one of the most influential American artists of the last two decades. It’s part of a larger project called “Home,” which calls attention to the national shortage of public spaces for reading and research. The main Home project is a touring exhibition, organized by Ms. Holzer and Martha Rosler, of curated places that are important to reading and research, from the black-box CTA Theater in Central Park to a plane in the Hudson Valley filled with books. A Home podcast edited by Ms. Holzer offers a look at the exhibit.

Ms. Holzer also has a book, “The Late Glasshouse,” a memoir by her mother Helen Holzer that won a PEN Award. Ms. Holzer was born in 1959 and raised in New Jersey, but spent much of her life in Israel, the United States and London. Last month she celebrated her 46th birthday with a video on her Instagram account, “#HappyBirthdayJenny,” that featured her encounters with well-known artists, including “Tim O’Brien said ‘I wish you could go to dinner for dinner with your family.’ I said ‘I wish I could — but my house is exploding.’”

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