Lit Hub: Literature for Justice: Seven Books that Rethink Mass Incarceration

Literature for Justice: Seven Books that Rethink Mass Incarceration

A Reading List from the National Book Foundation

Originally published by Literary Hub on September 30, 2020

"In 2017, the National Book Foundation began the Literature for Justice program to highlight books that contribute to the dialogue around mass incarceration and justice. Since then, the need for those perspectives has only grown, and this year’s list adds seven more titles to help us think through these issues.

For the program’s third and last year, the NBF worked with a panel of judges that included Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project; poet Natalie Diaz; Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chair of African American Studies at Princeton University; Mariame Kaba, organizer and founder of Project NIA; and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black. The books they chose range from a study of the art of incarceration to memoir, biography, and research into the effects of the prison system."

Here are their selections:

Solitary: A Biography by Albert Woodfox

Ossuaries by Dionne Brand

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass by Nicole R. Fleetwood

Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity by Sarah Haley

City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965 by Kelly Lytle Hernández

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword)

~See the original article on Literary Hub here

Solitary: A Biography (National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802148308
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Published: Grove Press - December 3rd, 2019

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780674919228
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Published: Harvard University Press - April 28th, 2020

Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (American Crossroads #21) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520242012
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Published: University of California Press - January 8th, 2007

No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (Justice) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781469652221
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2019

City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965 (Justice) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781469659190
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2020

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By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781556520747
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 1st, 1999