Books to Prisoners has a small selection of merchandise available for suggested donation. All proceeds directly fund our project and help pay the postage needed to physically mail books to incarcerated people.

To arrange an order, please send an email to bookstoprisoners@live.com, detailing what you would like to order and your preferred payment method (paypal or check.) If ordering a t-shirt, please also specify your size and color preference; our stock is limited, so it’s a good idea to have multiple options in mind.

If you’re local to the Seattle area, much of this merchandise may also be available at our sister organization Left Bank Books; stop by and see what they have (or give them a call at 206-622-0195.)

Dear Books to Prisoners: Letters from the Incarcerated ($25)

Our first publication, Dear Books to Prisoners is a compilation of letters we’ve collected and solicited from our patrons, discussing both our work in particular and prison literacy in general. From expressions of the pure joy of reading, through to the frustration of encountering chronic library closures and musings on the experience of incarceration, this coffee table book showcases prisoners’ engagement with the written word.  We organized these letters into six sections, each focusing on an aspect of reading, education, and incarceration. Original letters are reproduced in full alongside excerpts from letters and information about the history, operations, and context of prison book programs across the country.

Dear Books to Prisoners also features:

A foreword by Dan Berger (associate professor at the University of Washington Bothell and creator of the Washington Prison History Project);
An introduction by Michelle Dillon (Books to Prisoners board member and former Books to Prisoners program coordinator) and Bo-Won Keum (co-editor and book designer, MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design);
An afterword by Andy Chan (Books to Prisoners board member since 1994).

Other information: ISBN 9780939306152. Paperback, quarto to folio, 200p. unpaginated, perfect bound w/ stitched groupings. Printed in Tallinn, Estonia; published by Left Bank Books.

Barcode T-Shirt ($25)

Our most popular t-shirt for the last several years, featuring a quote by Eugene Debs and our permanent mailing address. Available in sizes S > XL; printed on red, black, or (rarely) blue shirts. Because these were handprinted, please allow for some slight variance in design, or the odd splotch of ink elsewhere on the shirt.

Seed T-Shirt ($25)

A slightly older design with a very limited supply left–only really available in L or XL. Wonderfully soft fabric, in my opinion.

Barcode T-Shirt (Misprinted) ($18-20)

Want to show your support, but you’re on a budget? Don’t mind some odd colors, blotchy patches, or general goofiness in your shirts?

We at Books to Prisoners strongly believe in the importance of forgiveness. Everybody makes mistakes now and again…..including us. Because our shirts are handprinted, things sometimes go awry; if you have interested in acquiring one of our slightly funkier barcode shirts at a mild discount, please send us an email asking for more information about what we have available at the moment.