- What are the books about?
The trilogy covers Lewis’s youth in rural Alabama, his young adulthood as student activist, and his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
- When will One Book, One Bedford take place?
The program runs from October 14 through early November.
- How can I participate?
The program offers many options for participation: lectures and workshops, book discussion groups, a screening of the 2014 film SELMA, events for children and teens, and keynote speakers on the Civil Rights Era. Check out the information on the main MARCH page and the sidebar menu to learn more!
- Where can I get the books?
Copies of all three volumes are available at the Bedford Public Library or can be purchased from local and online booksellers.
- Do I have to read all three?
We recommend reading the entire trilogy, but fear not! The visual narrative of a graphic novel helps it move more quickly than a plain-text book: you read the story in pictures as much as in words. Book 1 covers Lewis’s childhood through the first lunch-counter sit-ins; Book 2 picks up the story through the March on Washington and the 1963 Birmingham church bombing; and Book 3 carries the reader through the Selma-to-Montgomery march and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
- Can I get the books in large print or audio editions?
Unfortunately, graphic novels do not always translate well into large-print or audio formats. The MARCH trilogy is not available in either format.
- Can I get the books on my Kindle?
E-book editions are available through the Bedford Public Library.
- Are the books appropriate for children?
The MARCH trilogy is appropriate for high school students, middle school students, and some upper elementary students. There are scenes of violence and injustice that may be difficult for some readers. For related reading suitable for younger children, visit the For Teens and Children page.