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Books Are For Everyone: A Banned Books Week Reading List

Banned Books Week—September 26th to October 2nd—is an annual celebration of the freedom to read, and the aspiration that books should be accessible to all. For Banned Books Week 2021, Haymarket is highlighting the unjust censorshop of political books which impacts countless incarcerated readers each year. 

We've put together a Books Are For Everyone reading list: ten books that reflect the spectrum of urgent writing often targeted for censorship by prisons across the country.

As part of our Books Not Bars program, this Banned Books week Haymarket will donate one book to someone who is incarcerated for every book purchased from this reading list.

Books are for everyone! Abolish prisons!

A reflection on prison industrial complex abolition and a vision for collective liberation from organizer and educator Mariame Kaba.

The long form poem is tethered in folklore and personal narrative, detailing the impact of the destructive mass incarceration system.

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel about resilience, forgiveness, hope, and what it means to find your own voice behind prison walls.

Activist, teacher, author and icon of the Black Power movement Angela Davis talks Ferguson, Palestine, and prison abolition.

 Violent Order explores the everyday practices of police and policing as modes of violence in the fabrication of social order.

In the midst of loss and death and suffering, our charge is to figure out what freedom really means—and how we take steps to get there.

This updated and expanded edition of Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 's groundbreaking book features a new chapter and a foreword by Angela Y. Davis.

A lively, accessible, and timely guide to Capitalism for those who want to understand and dismantle the world of the 1%.

The essential first hand account of the Attica Prison rebellion, back in print for the 40th anniversary of the uprising.

Former Black Panthers Paul Coates and Eddie Conway discuss lives, politics, and their friendship that helped Eddie survive decades in prison.

Haymarket's Books Not Bars program connects people who are incarcerated with radical books and opportunities for political education. Find out more about our Books Not Bars program, make a donation, and/or request books for loved ones inside here.