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Our New Independent Bookstore Partner

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We appreciate everyone who buys books that we need but which are rarely donated. This helps us fill gaps in our inventory and enables us to do a better job of sending the very books a woman asks for.

We’re happy to now offer an easy way to buy from a local independent bookstore—Bookends & Beginnings in Evanston.

If you live in the area, please stop by Bookends & Beginnings1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1. Look for the Chicago Books to Women in Prison bookcase featuring a wide range of books selected just for us: entertainment, post-prison life, memoir, reference and wellness.

You can purchase books directly from this display. (You can also make a cash/check donation and let the bookstore use it on the most requested books.) Or order online. (There is no shipping charge as one of our volunteers will pick up the books.)

We have a goal of 200 books by the end of October. Please help us get these books into the hands of the women we serve. Check out the wish list at Bookends & Beginnings today!

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#GivingTuesday Isn’t Over

Today is #GivingTuesday and we’ve been promoting the purchase of the new 2017 GED review book. Whether you’re reading this at the end of the day or you’ve come across our page some time later, you can be sure that we can always need more GED review books.

Women tell us often how important it is that we’re able to provide this book. Many prisons offer classes or testing, but they don’t provide books—and not everyone even gets into a class. See what a few women told us:

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Writing Lives: Books Beyond the Prison Bars—Weds., March 25 at Women & Children First

Join us along with authors Crystal Laura and Maya Schenwar for readings from their recent and acclaimed books, and for conversation with all of us on making vital connections behind bars, prison issues and more at this special event.

Co-sponsor Black and Pink will also share details on becoming a pen pal with LBGTQ people behind bars in Illinois.

Writing Lives: Books Beyond the Prison Bars

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St., Chicago

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Maya Schenwar’s book, “Locked Down, Locked Out”, is out today!

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We’re delighted to share this message from Maya, a good friend of Chicago Books to Women in Prison:

Hope you are all having a wonderful fall. As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I have been writing a book. And now, bizarrely, it actually exists! It’s called Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, and it is out TODAY (coincidentally, my birthday)!

If you buy it today or anytime during the coming week, I’ll be donating my royalties to Marissa Alexander’s Legal Defense Fund. (Marissa is a Florida survivor of domestic violence who is facing 60 years in prison for firing a warning shot at the wall, to defend herself against her abusive husband.)

So, I have a couple of birthday wishes. I’m hoping you can take these steps, in exchange for my undying love and admiration, which you already have, but still:

1. Buy the book!

You can do that here: amazon.com/Locked-Down-Out-Prison-Doesnt/dp/1626562695
Or here: powells.com/biblio/9781626562691
Or here: womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9781626562691

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3,738 packages so far in 2017!

That’s 3,239 packages of books and 499 blank journals—and counting. In 2016 we sent 3,901 packages (3,310 packages of books and 591 blank journals). Many thanks to all our supporters! (updated October 15, 2017)

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Or send your check or money order to 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible.

Help us get the most wanted books!

Learn what we’re looking for now (updated September 10, 2017)

• Shop our wish list at Bookends & Beginnings, a great independent bookstore

• Shop our Amazon wish list (feel free to buy from the list at other stores)

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