The Appalachian Prison Book Project will host a rock ‘n’ roll fundraiser at 123 Pleasant Street on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. (and potentially beyond).

Two Morgantown bands, Almost Blue and Best Friends, and Haley Slagle of Half-Broke Horses will perform.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation although any monetary contribution will be welcome.

“This will be a wonderful evening with performances by some of our region’s most accomplished and exciting musicians,” said Mark Brazaitis, a West Virginia University English professor who heads up the book project’s fundraising committee. “123 Pleasant Street is a terrific venue, and we’re grateful to its owner, L.J. Giuliani, for opening his doors to us.”

Almost Blue, a jazz band, will open up at 8 p.m., followed by rock-and-rollers Best Friends at 9 p.m. Haley Slagle, whose band’s alt-country sound has been compared to the music of Lucinda Williams and Kathleen Edwards, will finish off the evening at 10 p.m.

“We’re pleased to offer such a diverse mix of great music,” Brazaitis said. “There’s something for everyone here.”

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. It was created by WVU English professor Katy Ryan and her graduate students who recognized the need for a project like this in the Appalachian region. It recently became a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization. Studies have shown that the rate of repeat offenses goes 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.

Tax-deductable contributions to the organization 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


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