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Our annual literature series returns featuring 6 virtual evenings curated by local, independent bookstores. Each program will include a reading, Q&A, and book signing with the authors.

Join us on Monday, October 19 for a virtual evening of Books Beneath the Bridge!

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      Curated by Freebird Books of Redhook, this event features Victoria Law, the co-founder of NYC Books Through Bars, and Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black and a former incarcerated reader herself. Law and Kerman will discuss how prisons make access to literature exceptionally difficult, compounding institutional barriers to education. Often books are the sole instruments of learning for an inmate. Books-to-prisons programs remain some of the few supply chains for making this happen. It’s particularly critical now, as many of the incarcerated are in lockdown due to the pandemic.

      This program is free and features a reading and Q & A with the authors. Registration is now open! Click here to sign up.

      Scroll below to learn more about the authors, the Books Beneath the Bridge series, and the Books Through Bars program.

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About Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman is the author of Orange Is the New Black: My Year in Women’s Prison, a memoir of her prison experiences, which was adapted into the critically acclaimed Netflix original comedy-drama series. Since leaving prison, Kerman has spoken widely about women in prison and about her own experiences there. She now works as a communication strategist for non-profit organizations.

About Victoria Law

Victoria Law is a co-founder of Books Through Bars-NYC. She is also a mother, a freelance journalist covering issues of incarceration, gender and resistance, and the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and co-author of the newly-published Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reform.

About Books Beneath the Bridge

In this moment where social justice is at the fore of our collective consciousness, it is vital more than ever to listen and learn from one another. This year’s Books Beneath the Bridge series will feature presenters reflecting on current events and centering marginalized voices, through the lens of their lived experience as well as their communities’.

We will feature a range of perspectives and navigate themes of protest poetry, migrant voices, gender-queer perspectives, the richness and resilience of black girl culture, modern-day parenting, and more.

About Books Through Bars

Two (and sometimes three) times a week, Books Through Bars volunteers meet at the Freebird Books space in Brooklyn to match requests people in prison have sent in the mail to the books on Freebird’s shelves. Books Through Bars mails book packages to individuals rather than prison libraries. Their book collection is donated by members of the community. Because Books Through Bars gets by in donated space, with donated books, donated packing materials, and volunteer labor, their only expense is postage. To meet this much needed expense, Books Through Bars hold fundraisers and looks for other opportunities for receive funds. Learn more with co-founder here.

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