The Appalachian Prison Book Project’s West Virginia University student group will host a book and bake sale on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Colson Hall room 130. The event is open to the public.

“All sorts of treats will be for sale,” said Mark Brazaitis, a WVU English professor who heads up the book project’s fundraising committee. “Some treats you can eat, some you can read. They’re all delicious.”

The Appalachian Prison Book Project sends free books to women and men who are imprisoned in the Appalachian region, including West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Studies have shown that the rate of repeat offenses go down when prisoners have access to educational programs, and the project considers itself connected to this larger goal. To date, the project has mailed out more than 10,000 books to prisoners in Appalachia.

Contributions to the project may be mailed to: Appalachian Prison Book Project, P.O. Box 601, Morgantown, WV 26507.

Donations are also accepted online:

For more information, contact Professor Mark Brazaitis at 304-293-9707 or via e-mail at



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