Over 6,000 Copies of Becoming Ms. Burton Distributed to Women in Prisons and Jails Across the Country

Thursday, May 10, 2018

As part of its on-going effort to get books into the hands of “intellectually redlined audiences,” The New Press has raised funds for and organized the distribution of thousands of copies of Susan Burton’s riveting memoir of surviving drug addiction and incarceration, and going on to found A New Way of Life re-entry program for women leaving prisons and jails. Becoming Ms. Burton, the 2018 winner of the NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work in biography/autobiography, is distributed in partnership with on the ground re-entry groups and in conjunction with ongoing visits and lectures by Susan Burton to prisons nationwide.

In a related initiative designed to bring underrepresented voices to the attention of policy makers, philanthropists, and others, The New Press raised funds for and organized the distribution of 2,200 copies of Bernice Yeung’s In A Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers to attendees at the New York Women’s Foundation annual breakfast fundraiser. A “must-read for all who believe time’s up on abusive unemployment practices” (Saru Jayaraman, author of Behind the Kitchen Door), In A Day’s Work investigates sexual assault against the invisible workers who are an essential part of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.