Hitting the Road to Bring Books & Poetry to Readers Across the Country


About the Tour

This June, House of SpeakEasy and Narrative 4 will embark on an 1,800-mile road trip from New York City to New Orleans, delivering books to underserved communities and partnering along the way on workshops, story exchanges, readings, and more. The tour will depart from Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Thursday, June 13.

The book truck will be making stops in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Floyd County, Nashville, Jackson, Arnaudville, and Lafayette. The trip will conclude in New Orleans to coincide with the start of Narrative 4’s annual Global Summit and will feature a special book giveaway and program at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Sunday, June 23.


Kickstart Us


Your pledge will help get the truck on the road, assist with book logistics, pay writers who are presenting, and address costs for the tour's support vehicle and drivers.

We are thrilled for your support, and will shower you with gratitude and these memorable rewards. 



The SpeakEasy Book Truck

Our 27-foot-long box truck, retrofitted with bookshelves that allow for open-air access, will offer free books, literary magazines, and opportunities for public browsing to readers of all ages at every stop. We will also be delivering requested books and classroom sets for schools, libraries, books-to-prison programs, and other literacy partners and institutions.



Workshops + Events

The tour will spotlight readings, workshops, and discussions led by acclaimed authors and emerging teen talents. Featured writers include Raquel Salas Rivera, Rayna Guy, Rickey Laurentiis, Jenny Johnson, Hanif Abdurraqib, Eloisa Amezcua, Hannah Pittard, Kiese Laymon, Darrell Bourque, and Daniel José Older.




We are excited to be partnering with Pioneer Works, The Shipman Agency, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Two Dollar Radio, Floyd County High School, The Porch, Jayne Avenue Community Center, NUNU Collective, the Ernest J. Gaines Center, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, with more partnerships to come!


Contact Us

For media requests or to learn more about partnership opportunities, please contact us using this form. If you would like to submit a request to have books donated, please click here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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