[Controlunittalk] FW: Thank you for contacting the Women Behind Bars Project RE: Silja Talvi conference travel
NBlack at afsc.org
Wed Apr 16 19:22:34 EDT 2008
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nblack at afsc.org
From: Women Behind Bars [mailto:womenbehindbars at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 7:20 PM
To: Naima Black
Subject: Thank you for contacting the Women Behind Bars Project RE:
Silja Talvi conference travel
Thanks for your interest in my book, Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of
Women in the U.S. Prison System (Seal Press: 2007).
I will be discussing skyrocketing female incarceration rates, mental
illness among prisoners, the drug war, profits in the prison business,
and much more during an ongoing, online session from April 2-16, as
the featured author on Inkwell.vue. Inkwell is an unique interview
forum hosted by The WELL, a 23-year-old net hub lauded by Wired
magazine as "the world's most influential online community."
Well members and non-members are invited to participate, free of
charge. I will be answering questions, listening to people's stories
about their own experiences with incarceration, and generally engaging
the audience with the kind of passion that she brings to her work. For
I'm pleased to announce that Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in
the U.S. Prison System recently received a National Council on Crime
and Delinquency's PASS literary award for 2007.
The PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) awards honor the media's
success and vital role in illuminating the people and programs that
illuminate the root causes of crime and that promise to protect youth
against future involvement in crime. Each year, the PASS Awards go to
media professionals in the fields of print, literature, broadcast
media, television, and film in recognition of thoughtful and factual
coverage of the issues. Founded in 1907, the NCCD is the nation's
oldest private organization working to attain responsive and effective
criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems.
The "Women Behind Bars Project" is now a sponsored project of
Seattle's Center for Social Justice, and has 501(c)3 status.
The WBB Project exists to bring a variety of communities (including
former prisoners, civil and women's rights groups, and various kinds
of criminal justice organizations) together for book readings,
debates, benefits, and other kinds of discussions regarding female
One hundred percent of donations go directly toward this effort. If
you'd like to support this project, please consider sending a donation
of any amount to:
The Center for Social Justice
1325 4th Avenue # 940
Seattle, WA 98101.
Please specify that the donation is for the WBB Project in the note
Upcoming readings and benefits include:
April 21, Seattle Public Library hosts Silja at the Capitol Hill
library branch. www.spl.org
April 2-16: Silja Talvi discusses "Women Behind Bars" in Inkwell.vue
(http://www.well.com/inkwell), an authors' interview forum hosted by
The WELL (www.well.com), a 23-year-old Internet site lauded by Wired
as "the world's most influential online community."WELL members can
participate directly in the conversation with Silja; non-members can
join in by mailing their questions and comments to <inkwell at well.com>
during Silja's two-week appearance.
Tucson, April 25-events & readings sponsered by AFSC, local
universities and bookstores
* More 2008 appearances in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles,
Santa Fe, and New York City: TBA.
To read more about the WBB Project, resources, news highlights, and
other tour dates at please go to:
In the meantime, if you'd like more information about the book and
the author, please feel free to visit the following:
Recent reviews and radio interviews:
Mike McCormick-Mind Over Matters-90.3 KEXP
*INCARCERATED IN AMERICA - KUOW 94.9 -Seattle
First, a conversation on the week's news in Canada with correspondent
Vaughn Palmer, political correspondent for the Vancouver Sun. Then,
for the first time in U.S. history, more than one out of every 100
adults is in jail or prison. That's according to a new report from the
Pew Center on the States which documents America's rank as the world's
No. 1 incarcerator. Does locking more people up make us all safer?
What are the societal impacts of having so many people in the justice
system? Who exactly is going to prison, and what is it like there?
Today on Weekday we'll talk incarceration.
Vaughn Palmer, political correspondent for the Vancouver Sun.
Silja Talvi is an investigative journalist based in Seattle. Her
latest book is Women Behind Bars.
Paul Wright is the editor of Prison Legal News and a former Washington
* Ms. Magazine's review of Women Behind Bars, by Professor Joy James.
Powell's website: http://www.powells.com/review/2007_11_11.html
* Megan Sukys of Seattle's NPR-affiliate, KUOW,"Sound Focus," Talvi
talks about the difficult situation of having a loved one behind bars
while writing the book:
* Lee Callahan,"Community Matters:" Seattle's progressive 1090 AM
Callahan and Talvi discuss the drug war conspiracy charges, girls in
detention, sexual abuse and self-medication through illegal drugs, and
* Matthew Korfhage of the Pulitzer-prize winning Willamette Weekly
* Timothy Harris, the Executive Director of Real Change "Throwaway
Seattle journalist Silja Talvi reveals the living nightmares of the
female inmates who are filling U.S. prisons in ever greater numbers.
Women Behind Bars is available at all major online book retailers, and
at a bookstore near you. We *do* check this account on a regular
basis, but appreciate your patience with responses.
Silja J.A. Talvi
The Women Behind Bars Project
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