Books Through Bars: Stories from the Prison Books Movement

Books Through Bars: Stories from the Prison Books Movement
Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Athens-Clarke County Library, Avid Bookshop, and the University of Georgia Press invite you to an event in celebration of the book Books Through Bars: Stories from the Prison Books Movement on Thursday, April 25, 2024, from 7-8pm at the Athens-Clarke County Library. The event will be an in-conversation discussion with Dave "Mac" Marquis and Valerie Surrett who is an editor and a contributor to the book with a book signing afterwards.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

People organizing prison book programs have quietly gathered in basements, storage spaces, and the back rooms of secondhand bookstores for the last seventy years, reading letters written by incarcerated people and sending books in return. This diffuse and nonhierarchical movement operates on shoestring budgets with donated libraries in thirty states, and yet, there is little awareness of this long-standing social movement.

This book contains essays that explain the need for prison book programs and offer advice on how to establish or become involved with prison book programs, as well as shed light on current challenges. While mass incarceration can make people feel powerless, this book details how ordinary people can organize and intervene in the largest imprisonment the world has ever known. The editors of this book hope it will inspire more people to realize that everyone has the power to treat each other differently and to foster a culture of care over cruelty.

ABOUT THE IN-CONVERSATION PARTNERS:

Dave “Mac” Marquis is a lifelong activist. He has worked with the Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, Earth First!, and the Asheville Global Report. He helped establish Asheville Prison Books as well as Saxapahaw Prison Books. Mac is the book review editor for H-Labor and the executive assistant for the Labor and Working-Class History Association. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Carolina.

Valerie Surrett has volunteered with the Appalachian Prison Book Project (Morgantown, WV) since 2016 and has served as the organization's president, volunteer coordinator, and co-facilitator of prison book clubs. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Georgia where she teaches classes on prison literature and film and the rhetorics of mass incarceration.

Event Location

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606
Books: 
Books Through Bars: Stories from the Prison Books Movement By Dave Mac Marquis (Editor), Moira Marquis (Editor), Victoria Law (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Dave Mac Marquis (Editor), Moira Marquis (Editor), Victoria Law (Contribution by)
$37.95
ISBN: 9780820365879
Availability: May be on our shelves (or available in one month)
Published: University of Georgia Press - March 15th, 2024

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