Prison Reading Group Planning Meeting
Asheville Prison Books wants to facilitate a correspondence reading group with people who are in prison. The general plan is to select and source a book, figure out who will participate in this group, send them copies of the book, solicit their feedback on the reading, and then publish their
Guest Post: Letting Go, Setting Free
When you've amassed a personal library of hundreds of books over a lifetime, the tough process of passing those loved volumes on starts with the question: where should they end up? When faced with this question, Orlando-based writer Mark I. Pinsky reached out to Asheville Prison Books. He chose our
Asheville Prison Books Endorses #August21 Nationwide Prison Strike: 8/21-9/9
Asheville Prison Books endorses the national prison strike called for by prisoners which begins August 21st and extends to September 9th. The insane incarceration rate in the United Sates should be common knowledge by now, but you may not have known this horrifying piece of information: North Carolina, which has
Fought the Power—And Won!
We're delighted to announce that APB is once again able to send free/donated books to Alexander CI (AXCI) in Taylorsville! We challenged a nonsense policy and WON. As reported in this blog post last week, Asheville Prison Books was notified by the AXCI administration back in March that no
South Carolina "riot" and call for National Prisoners Strike
Corey Scott, Eddie Casey Gaskins, Raymond Angelo Scott, Damonte Rivera, Michael Milledge, Cornelius McClary and Joshua Jenkins were killed and 22 prisoners wounded in a rebellion at the Lee Correctional Institution late Sunday and early Monday, April 15-16, 2018, in Bishopville, S.C. Check out this piece about the incident
Asheville Anarchist Rad Fair!
On April 1 we tabled at the Asheville Anarchist Rad Fair, an outdoor gathering of local projects run by anarchists/anti-authoritarians that do a wide variety of excellent work in our community, from prisoner solidarity and support to grassroots organizing to community self defense, medical solidarity, and more! The sun
Help us get these books into people's hands!
We're doing a great job filling requests: so good, in fact, that we're running low on funds! AVL Prison Books is 100% volunteer run. We only have one real expense: postage. Every month we get between 100-200 requests for books, and each package costs about 3 dollars to mail. So
New Jim Crow on its way into NC prisons!
Thanks to our community partner Faith 4 Justice & Malaprops Books! We are delighted to be partnering with Faith4Justice Asheville to get copies of the ground-breaking book The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander into NC prisons, where it had previously been banned. Local bookstore Malaprops helped source the book by
Keep PUSHing: Building on the #OperationPUSH demands
Mere days before FDC's repression effort began scattering active prisoners into new facilities, and into solitary confinement for the weeks surrounding January 15, an Operation PUSH prisoner's anonymous voice reached the world and called on outside supporters to 'shine a light from the outside in on the system.' In
Monthly Packaging Party! Feb. 22
Thursday, February 22 @ 6-9pm Firestorm Books & Coffee (610 Haywood Rd) Asheville Prison Books and Tranzmission Prison Project will gather to pack up tons of books to send out to our friends behind bars--come help out! Can't make it? Catch us next month (March 22) for our regular packaging party on
Brews for Books
New Beer Thursday Fundraiser at Catawba! Join us at Catawba's South Slope Tasting Room & Brewery on Thursday, Feburary 15th for their first New Beer Thursday fundraiser of 2018!! Starting with the release on the 15th and running through March, $1 from every glass of their pomegranate sour sold will be
SC lawmaker calls for firing squads to carry out the death penalty
Fox Carolina: South Carolina Rep. Josh Putnam (R, Piedmont) said he plans to reintroduce a bill to add firing squads to the execution methods in South Carolina. Putnam first introduced the bill in 2015 but the legislation didn’t pass. He said the new bill would be almost identical to