Join award winning authors, literary lovers, activists, social justice advocates, lawyers, columnists, educators, and community organizers for the second year of the Literature for Justice program (LFJ).

The National Book Foundation is hosting the public free launch event in partnership with the The African American Museum in Fair Park at 6 pm.

Attendees will hear readings of the selected LFJ titles, followed by a panel, Q&A, and book signings.

LFJ is a three-year campaign that seeks to contextualize and humanize the experiences of incarcerated people through literature of different genres, creating an accessible and thought-provoking collection of books crafted for broad public consumption. It is made possible by a three-year grant from the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

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Five contemporary authors and titles for 2019-2020 are:


Author's Name asha bandele
Featured The Prisoner's Wife: A Memoir
Wrote 6 books
Publisher Scribner / Simon and Schuster


Authors' Names Susan Burton and Cari Lynn
Featured Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
Founder and CEO of New Way of Life (Burton)
Wrote 5 books (Lynn)
Publisher The New Press


Author's Name Angela Y. Davis
Title Are Prisons Obsolete?
Wrote Several books
Publisher Seven Stories Press
Educator Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz


Author's Name Rachel Kushner
Title The Mars Room
Wrote 2 books
Publisher Scribner / Simon and Schuster


Author's Name Danielle Sered
Title Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair
Wrote 1 book
Publisher The New Press


This launch event is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcomed. Please see to get more details about planning your Museum visit.

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Parking is free and ample parking is just steps away from the Museum entrance
Cost is free

LFJ committee comprises five esteemed who are also experts and leaders within the space of mass incarceration. They worked alongside the National Book Foundation. The committee members are:


Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights attorney, advocate, and legal scholar
Authored The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.


Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet, memoirist, and lawyer
Recipient is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2018 Emerson Fellowship at New America


Zachary Lazar is the author of 5 books
New York Times Notable Book I Pity the Poor Immigrant
Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University
Advisory Board Member PEN America Writing’s for Justice Fellowship


Kelly Lytle Hernandez is a poet, memoirist, and lawyer
Recipient a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2018 Emerson Fellowship at New America


Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and proud native of Detroit
Authored Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
Memoir debuted on the New York Times and The Washington Post bestseller lists
Fellowships MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellowship and W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network


The National Book Foundation and LFJ are in partnership with the African American Museum of Dallas.

The launch event is designed to raise the profile of the selected books, and amplify the stories of authors whose texts help to illuminate the various experiences of mass incarceration. Attendees may expect:

LFJ selectionreadings by authors: asha bandele, Susan Burton, Rachel Kushner, and Danielle Sered
Panel compromised of LFJ authors and the National Book Foundation Committee members: Michelle Alexander, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Zachary Lazar, and Kelly Lytle Hernandez
Q&A audience participation is welcomed
Book signing immediately after the Q&A. Books will be on hand to buy.