In September, Scuppernong Books, in cooperation with Scuppernong Editions, launches an ambitious eight-part series which will engage authors, experts, and the local community in a conversation focused on the carceral state in America.

We'll be exploring many aspects of the system, from the Death Penalty to Plea Bargains, Overpolicing to Border Patrol.

This series is free. Many events will take place in the store, some will be virtual.

We are also compiling a reading list of additional relevant books and articles, as well as organizations both local and national lobbying for changes in our criminal justice system.

Below are the upcoming programs.


Friday, September 23 6pm

The Death Penalty and Death Row

Tessie Castillo and NC Death Row inmates, Inside: Voices from Death Row

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ONLINE: Thursday, September 29, 7pm

The Prison Abolition Movement

Marlon Peterson, Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song

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Thursday, October 6, 6pm

An Evening with Beth Macy

Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis

Union Square Bldg. 124 E Gate City Blvd.


Friday, October 14  6pm

White Vigilantism and Over-Policing

Shawn Fields, Neighborhood Watch: Policing White Spaces in America


Thursday, October 27  6pm

Plea Bargains, Due Process, and the Constitution

Carissa Byrne Hessick, Punishment without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining is a Bad Deal


Friday, October 28  6pm

A Dialogue on Reproductive Justice, Religion, and the Law

Rebecca Todd Peters, Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice

& Jennifer Maffetore, Staff Attorney, NC ACLU


ONLINE: Wednesday, November 9 at 7pm

The Border Patrol as National Police Force

Reece Jones, Nobody is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States

Jenn Budd, Against the Wall: My Journey from Border Patrol Agent to Immigrant Rights Activist


Friday, November 11,  6pm

False Convictions and Innocence

Phoebe Zerwick, Beyond Innocence: The Life Sentence of Daryl Hunt