Archive for August, 2013

Read a Terrific Book About Reading in Women’s Prisons

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Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons
Megan Sweeney. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 332 pp.

Since you’re reading our blog and are interested in the work we do, you’ll want to know about this book.

Sweeney is an assistant professor of English and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The book is based on individual interviews and group discussions with 94 women (mostly African American) in three institutions in North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. She organized reading groups focusing on narratives of victimization, African American urban fiction, and self-help and inspiration texts, and explored how “women use reading to counter the ‘social death’ that imprisonment entails, and to achieve critical insight, self-development, and even transformation.” Continue reading ‘Read a Terrific Book About Reading in Women’s Prisons’

Grab a Book- We’re Closed On Labor Day

Attention bookworms: Chicago Books to Women in Prison is going to be taking Sunday, September 1 off from packing books in observance of labor day. We invite you to read a good book that day…maybe Nelson Lichtenstein’s State of the Union?

We Made The Paper!

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The University of Chicago Alumni Magazine supplement, The Core, has published several features about one of our founders, Arline Welty. The Core featured a nice interview as well as a funny online supplement about our “Least Wanted” books. Check them out here:
Interview with The Core:
Link to our “Arline Welty’s Least Wanted” Supplement:
One of the things we’re hoping for with this publicity is to attract more volunteers and resources. In that spirit we invite you to contribute to our postage fund, which is our #1 operating cost- we spend about $10,000 on postage each year and can use all the help we can get! (Click the “Get Involved” navigation link to help us out!)