Bike-Powered Bookstore Is Designed To Get People Talking

Converted snack cart peddles books at Sunday Streets


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The Antenamovil is a bike-powered snack cart that’s been converted into a mobile bookstore. It’s part of an exhibition on display at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery through May 10.

Walkers and cyclists take to the Montrose this weekend as a portion of Westheimer is closed to vehicular traffic for “Sunday Streets.”  The City of Houston’s pilot program is designed to promote physical activity and get Houstonians out of their cars.


Along with music and other entertainment, participants can check out a bookstore-on-wheels that’s designed to spark conversation.

It’s a sturdy yellow cargo trike that used to sell snacks in Houston’s East End. With the addition of cabinets and shelves it now sells books.

Known as the Antenamovil, the bike bookstore is the work of Antena collaborators Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, artists-in-residence at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery.

Hofer says it’s part of a larger installation at Blaffer that looks at issues of language and culture.


“And particularly what it means to create community through literature, and opening up the idea of who has access to that and what kinds of activities can constitute ‘poetic activities’ or literary activities.”

And Hofer says the Antenamovil brings those ideas to the streets.

“Where conversations about poetry might not normally happen but maybe should happen, and will happen in a more interesting way because of the context of being out in public in a space that pedal-powered and pedestrian-powered.”

Sunday Streets takes place on Westheimer between Hazard and Yoakum from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You can see the Antenamovil near Lanier Middle School.


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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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