You Can Donate Copies of “Some People Need Killing” to Libraries—Here’s How

Some People Need Killing

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Patricia Evangelista is making Some People Need Killing: A Memoir of Murder in My Country more accessible with an initiative called Ituloy ang Kuwento, or Pass the Word.

It’s a donation drive where copies of the book will be gifted to municipal and public libraries, community centers, human rights organizations, and non-profit groups nationwide.

The goal is to raise 3,000 copies, which the Library Renewal Partnership and the Human Rights and People Empowerment Center will distribute.

Copies for donation are available at discounted prices at Fully Booked, the program’s retail partner.

To join this initiative, customers can purchase copies at any Fully Booked store, online, and at the author’s events with the following discounts:

  • 1 to 20 copies at 10% off
  • 21 to 100 copies at 15% off
  • Above 100 books at 20% off

Donors will have their names published on Evangelista’s website, but they may remain anonymous.

Random House, the author’s publisher, has kicked off donations by gifting hardcover copies to families affected by the drug war during the book’s launch at the Ina ng Lupang Pangako Parish in Payatas, Quezon City.

As of April 19, 2024, Ituloy ng Kuwento has donated over 843 copies.

The program will run until May 10, 2024.

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Patricia Evangelista is home and, in her own words, ready “to tell a story about a war that happened where we lived. It’s a story we all know, but it needs to be told again and again.”

This story is detailed in Some People Need Killing, which is described as a “meticulously reported and deeply human chronicle of the Philippines’ drug war.”

Since its release in  2023, it has been hailed as one of the New York Times‘ Top 10 Best Books of the Year, a New Yorker and The Economist Best Book of the Year, and was TIME’s #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year. Some People Need Killing was longlisted for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Nonfiction and shortlisted for the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award. Former US president Barack Obama also included the book in his list of favorite books in 2023.

Evangelista is on a book tour, which began at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, on April 11, 2024. This will continue until April 30, 2024, also at the national university.

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