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A NOTE FROM JUSTIN, Malaprop’s Senior Buyer and General Manager

The senseless death of George Floyd and so many others has saddened us at Malaprop’s. We are also saddened, angered, disgusted, and disappointed in the behavior of police and our government, both nationally and locally. We feel the sorrow created by our nation’s collective grief and the disappointment in the way local law enforcement and leadership have treated those in our community who wish to have their voices heard.

We’ve compiled a list of further reading on anti-racism, black liberation, the history of racism and police reform/abolition. It is not a definitive list, and is one that we plan on growing and changing over time. A portion of the sales of these books will be donated to Southerners on New Ground (S.O.N.G.) and Building Bridges Asheville.

Of course, we encourage you to learn about and donate to these vital organizations directly, and to do what you can to support like-minded charities, organizations, and bail funds. At the same time, we promise to promote and support other organizations that work for equality, justice, and freedom, and to share those institutions with you as well.

The list was created from staff picks, but more importantly inspired by essential reading lists compiled by a number of black-owned bookstores. You can find a list of such stores here, and we urge you to support these institutions now and into the future, and to understand how important they are to our literary culture. 

Buying these books and having them on your bookshelves is just a tiny, incremental step. We hope that you read wide and deep, that you challenge yourselves with what you read, that you look at this list and the lists compiled by others to stretch your understanding and empathy. It’s just a small piece of the massive changes that lie ahead for us, changes that are vital and unavoidable and far too long in coming. We hope that we can help you find a starting point while understanding that it’s far away from the finish line.

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SheVille Team

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