Prisoners Literature Project

Black Oak Books Donates to the PLP!

March 2016  |  Published in Latest News

blackoakThanks to Black Oak Books for donating hundreds of books to the PLP!  This indie bookstore in Berkeley has long been a great source for books, always stocking a wide selection of new and inexpensive titles.  In January, Black Oak announced that it was closing its doors as a retail store.

Following this public announcement, Black Oak Books owner Gary Cornell generously offered the PLP’s Bruno Ruhland the run of the place. Bruno has since selected thousands of dollars worth of great paperbacks off their shelves. These books will go directly to prisoners throughout the country, courtesy of Black Oak.

The PLP thanks bookstore owner Gary Cornell and store manager Mario Jacobus for their kindness and selfless generosity.  All of us in the East Bay — and at the PLP — will truly miss Black Oak.

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