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Midwest Pages to Prisoners Open House

Tour the facility and see the services MWPP offers

Meet volunteers and staff

- refreshments provided
- live special request book drive
- Information on volunteering
- Prison data Jeopardy

Tables for Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity and Boxcar Books on site

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners project has settled back in with long-time partner Boxcar Books and Community Center.  To celebrate the move and parade the new setup, an open house has been called for Friday September 12 from 6-10pm.  This will be a great time to stroll through, get a feel for the space, and see what services Pages offers to prisoners and their friends & families.  Volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions and connect with those who want to help out the project and use the space.  Prison Data Jeopardy and a live special request drive, as well as other groups’ info tables, will be on display throughout the night. Refreshments will be provided.

Since 1995, The Midwest Pages to Prisoners (MWPP) project has sent over 100,000 packages of books at no charge to prisoners in several states. The project promotes critical thinking, self-development, recreation, and communication across prison walls.  Three programs specific to Indiana prisoners, Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity, The Indiana Prisoner Writing Project, and The MWPP Zine Distro, also operate out of the MWPP space in Boxcar.

Bridgett Davis

Reading from Into the Go-Slow

In 1986 Detroit, twenty-one-year-old Angie passes time working in a mall and watching sitcoms with her mom. But beneath the surface, she is consumed by thoughts of her sister’s death years earlier in Nigeria. Ella had introduced Angie to Black Power and a vision of returning to Africa. On impulse, Angie travels to Lagos and begins to retrace Ella’s steps. Against a backdrop of the city’s infamous go-slow—traffic as wild and unpredictable as a Fela lyric—she uncovers some harsh truths. For anyone who has wished to be of a different era, this book captures the pain of living vicariously and the exhilaration of finding yourself.

BRIDGETT M. DAVIS’s debut novel, Shifting through Neutral, was a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Davis is the books editor at Bold As Love Magazine, an online black-culture site, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Essence, O, The Oprah Magazine, and, among other publications.

John Porcellino

Join Boxcar Books and John Porcellino on Sunday, October 5th, at 7pm, for the launch of his latest, The Hospital Suite! There will be a presentation with a signing to follow. This event will also feature a screening of Root Hog or Die, a new documentary celebrating 25 years of King-Cat Comics. 

The Hospital Suite is a landmark work by the celebrated cartoonist and small-press legend John Porcellino—an autobiographical collection detailing his struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s. One day, John Porcellino suddenly fell ill with extreme stomach pain. After a gruelling abdominal surgery, he quickly recovered--briefly--and then spent the next several years experiencing various surprise illnesses, both physical and mental. First a rash of environmental intolerances left Porcellino black-eyed, cadaverous, and dizzy. Then his mild obsessive-compulsive tendencies became full-blown. With three overlapping narratives, The Hospital Suite recounts one man's battle for health--Porcellino loses jobs, marriages, and faith but never loses his desire to live and create. 

Porcellino is the author of the iconic zine King-Cat and the graphic novel Perfect Example. His comics are lauded for their quiet, clear-eyed contemplation of every-day life. The Hospital Suite is a testimony to Porcellino's subtle gift for transforming his struggles--this time with the medical system and its consequences for his mental health--into art that is universaland engaging. 

Boxcar Books
provides a free meeting room and access to other resources for community, activist, literary, and special interest groups. The meeting room is separate from the retail space and may be utilized before, during, and after normal business hours. Please get in touch with us to make our meeting space more active! To reserve the meeting space for your group, please contact

Click HERE for more information about the meeting space.

Bloomington Writing Project meets every Tuesday from 3:30pm-6:30pm at Boxcar Books in the meeting space and offers free writing consultation for writers of all levels. 

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project now meets at 118 S. Rogers Suite #2

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Book and monetary donations should still be dropped off at Boxcar Books.

Mondays: 7-9pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project (during school year)

Tuesdays: 7-10pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project (Community Night)

Wednesdays: 3-6pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

Thursdays 7-10pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

Sundays 2-5pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project