Reading in Dire Circumstances
Electric Eel, Issue 31, July 16, 2019

Lit 50: Who Really Books In Chicago 2019
New City, May 23, 2019

Coloring Book Donations Needed For Women In Prison, Group Says
Block Club Chicago, July 13, 2018
Please note: We no longer need coloring books.

Women doing time have plenty of time to read — and you can help
Chicago Sun-Times, July 10, 2018

Chicago in action: Give back to the city with these three volunteer organizations
Chicago Tribune RedEye, June 14, 2018

Local nonprofits find Amazon wish lists a prime resource for driving donations
Chicago Sun-Times, May 3, 2018

Illinois Prison System Spent Less Than $300 On Books Last Year
Illinois Newsroom, April 17, 2018

Happy December! This Winter, Send Some Holiday Love to Victims of Mass Incarceration
Feministing, December 7, 2017

Evanston bookstore partners with nonprofit to provide books to women in prison
The Daily Northwestern, October 3, 2017

How Can Books Empower Incarcerated Women?
An Interview with Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Book Riot, March 6, 2017

4 Star Chicagoan Sending Books to Women Prisoners
Windy City LIVE, ABC7, February 3, 2017

These Chicago Charities and Organizations Need Your Help in 2017
Thrillist, January 25, 2017

Prison Library Books Down, Orders Go Up
Geez, January 25, 2017

Chicago Organization Sends Books To Women In Prison
Morning Shift, WBEZ 91.5 FM, January 23, 2017

Women in Prison Get Brief Escape Thanks to Books Donated by Chicago Group
DNAinfo, January 12, 2017

Nanocast: A WISH IS A DREAM YOUR HEART… ah forget it
Says Who? (the podcast of legendary Chicago journalist Dan Sinker), December 9, 2016

’Tis the Season to Give—Generously
The Nation, December 17, 2015

Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Interview with Fourth & Sycamore, September 24, 2015

Escapist Reading
The Core: the College Magazine, Summer 2013

America’s Least Wanted
The University of Chicago Magazine, Web Exclusive, June 21, 2013

Group sends female inmates books: Book program shines light into female inmates’ dark days
Chicago Tribune, March 30, 2013

Volunteers Send Books to Women in Prison
Welles Park Bulldog, July 8, 2011

Chicago Books to Women in Prison
AREA Chicago #10 Institutions and Infrastructures, October 2010

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4,757 packages so far in 2019

Last year we sent 4,852 packages to women and trans people locked up across the country—nearly 13,500 books and composition books in all. Big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you! (updated December 8, 2019)

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