Freebird book drive for NYC Books Through Bars
While NYC Books Through Bars operating out of Freebird's basement is currently limiting in-person volunteering and drop offs due to COVID-19, book requests continue to pour in from prisons around the country: nearly 300 per week. In response to the challenges of accepting those donations during the pandemic, we have started a monthly program in which specific, in-demand titles can be purchased through Freebird at a discount.
Following May's drive (over 650 books collected!) and a year after Freebird initiated this campaign on behalf of Books Through Bars, we focus on a combination of titles that illuminate one of the darkest chapters in American history, celebrate a forgotten warrior, and provide some old fashioned fictional distractions. June 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, a paroxysm of racial violence that erupted in the Greenwood community, killing hundreds and laying waste to the Black-owned business district. In the novel Magic City, Jewell Parker Rhodes dramatizes the lives of the people who suffered through it. Over 400 years ago an African named Yasuke landed in Kyoto and became the subject of intense fascination. The story of how he rose through the feudal ranks to become a nobleman is told in African Samurai. And since Books Through Bars is regularly bombarded with requests for mysteries and thrillers, we are including the latest from a master of the genre, Daniel Silva. A suspense-filled novel set at the Vatican, The Order has the added appeal of coming in both English and Spanish-language editions.
Magic City/African Samurai/The Order
Freebird's June 2021 picks include: Magic City by Jewell Parker Rhodes, African Samurai by Geoffrey Girard and Thomas Lockley, and The Order by Daniel Silva.
These are being offered at 35% off their retail price. Please note that these books will be sent to NYC Books Through Bars to fulfill requests from incarcerated readers at prisons nationwide.
PLEASE NOTE that the books purchased through Freebird are ones that will be delivered directly to Books Through Bars so that they can fulfill requests from incarcerated readers.
Looking for a book for yourself? Check out our page at Bookshop.org, including lists of recommended reads from Piper Kerman, Victoria Law, Albert Woodfox, Victor LaValle, Mat Johnson, and others!
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