IN-PERSON: Donovan Zimmerman & Jan Burger present PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTIONS WITH CARDBOARD, CLOTH, AND CLAY

Saturday, November 20th, 2021- 11:00 am

This will be in-person and hosted outside. To ensure the safety of our customers, we require masks to stay on throughout the entire duration of the event (and during regular browsing hours) 

This visually-stunning book is a look back on Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s two decades of giant puppet pageantry, community-building, and genre-defying art. Co-creative founders/directors Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger share memories of the genesis of Paperhand and its 23 completely original and enchanting puppet pageants, plus interventions, parades, and glimpses behind-the-scenes, revealing how they deftly weave together the strands of art and environmental activism into “artivism” that inspires audiences to revere and protect the natural world.

It’s a deep dive into the myth, the ethos, and beauty behind their craft and is a giant love letter to the Paperhand community of ingenious dreamers, makers, musicians, and puppeteers.


Donovan Zimmerman is an artist, puppeteer, and activist working to shape positive change in the world. He is committed to transformative justice for all people, the Earth, and its creatures through puppetry arts, spectacle pageantry, and storytelling. He works to help heal the damage already done while imagining a livable future. He is the co-creator of Paperhand Puppet Intervention in North Carolina where he lives and farms along the Haw River with his family in Saxapahaw. He is deeply grateful for it all.

Jan Burger is a puppeteer, visual artist, and activist. He walks on stilts, cuts images from paper, and draws comics. He is a co-creator of Paperhand Puppet Intervention. He uses puppets and banners to bring the collective power of large-scale art to marches and direct actions. Jan works to resist the destructive aspects of humanity and to reunite ourselves with the Earth. He lives in the old mill town of Bynum, North Carolina, along the Hall River.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 11:00am
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Paperhand: Puppet Interventions with Cardboard, Cloth, and Clay Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780578888354
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Paperhand Press - October 1st, 2021