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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, 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 incarcerated patrons, discussing both our work in particular and prison literacy in general. From expressions of the pure joy of reading 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 a different 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);

  • An afterword by Andy Chan (Books to Prisoners board member since 1994).

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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 ($30) 

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Featuring a quote by Eugene Debs and our permanent mailing address. Available in S, M, L, XL, and 2XL. Black ink on red or blue shirts, red ink on black.

“While there is a lower class I am in it. While there is a criminal element I am of it. While there is a soul in prison I am not free.” – Eugene Debs

“Books to Prisoners, Box A, 92 Pike St, Seattle WA 98101”

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