Prisoners Literature Project

Two authors step up for generous PLP donations!

October 2018  |  Published in Announcements, Latest News

We just wanted to thank two very generous authors for their donations to the Prisoners Literature Project – both of which have significantly helped the organization.

Firstly, Shane Bauer, who is an award-winning Bay Area-based journalist and author, made a very kind donation to us, which happened to be timed with the launch of his book American Prison. The book itself is fascinating – here’s what it is about:

“In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check.

Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an exposé about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine Mother Jones. Still, there was much more that he needed to say.”

In addition, we also wanted very much to thank Kelly Notaras, who made a notable donation to PLP in association with the imminent publication of her ‘how-to’ book ‘The Book You Were Born To Write‘.

This title includes a simple, step-by-step path that takes authors from concept to finished book! Thanks so much to both authors.

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