Posted on September 16, 2020


SYRACUSE, N.Y., September, 2020—Beginning on September 21, the Great American Book Sale, presented by New Readers Press (ProLiteracy’s publishing division), will bring together a variety of genres and authors for a unique online shopping experience. Customers can safely shop or bid on autographed books from their favorite genres or authors while supporting the Literacy Relief Fund, which gives adult literacy programs access to needed digital and print learning materials.

Inventory will include signed books that have been donated by Penguin Random House, William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), St. Martin’s Press, Nora Roberts, JoJo Moyes, Lemony Snicket, and many more. To see a full list of authors, publishers, and contributors, visit

Since the pandemic began, many adult literacy programs have been struggling to connect with learners. These programs have indicated that while their classroom locations might be physically closed, they are still trying to reach students through some method(s) of remote learning. However, they are in desperate need of additional funding, staff training on digital learning tools, and instructional content that has both print and digital components. All proceeds from the Great American Book Sale will support the Literacy Relief Fund, giving programs access to digital and print learning materials needed to implement and continue remote education.

“ProLiteracy is excited to host the Great American Book Sale to raise money for literacy programs affected by COVID-19,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy Worldwide. “The participation from the authors, publishers, and sponsors has transformed this event from a dream to a reality. The profits raised from their donations will provide the necessary materials that will impact thousands of low literate adults and adult literacy programs across the United States,” Morgan says.

To learn more about the Great American Book Sale, visit

About ProLiteracy

ProLiteracy Worldwide advances and supports programs to help adults acquire literacy skills needed to function more effectively in their daily lives. It has 1,000 member programs across all 50 states and has 21 partnerships in 35 countries worldwide to provide a wide range of adult literacy and basic education services to vulnerable populations. ProLiteracy, recipient of the 2019 David M. Rubenstein Prize of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program, builds capacity among frontline literacy providers by modeling proven instructional approaches; developing affordable, evidence-based learning resources; and providing professional development and technical assistance.

ProLiteracy was formed by the 2002 merger of Laubach Literacy International (founded in 1955) and Literacy Volunteers of America (founded in 1962). For more than 60 years, ProLiteracy has scaled successful practices and driven advocacy efforts by activating its grassroots network, resulting in a broad and sustained effort to improve and advance adult literacy at the community level.