Read Local Month: Policing Black Lives

From March 25-31, get instant access to the eBook version of Policing Black Lives from all Nova Scotia and Halifax Public Libraries. No wait list!

March is Read Local Month at public libraries across Nova Scotia. Each week, a new Atlantic Canadian eBook will be featured and all library users will be able to download the book instantly: no wait list! All you need is your free public library card.

Access to the featured Read Local eBooks is specific to where you have your library card. If you are a Halifax Public Libraries user, you can visit the Read Local collection at, and if you use another Nova Scotia Public Library, head to The featured book will be highlighted at the top of the page all week for both library systems.

Week Four (March 25-31)

Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard (Fernwood Publishing). Halifax | Nova Scotia

Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada. While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, law enforcement violence, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates.

Download the eBook now from Halifax Public Libraries or Nova Scotia Public Libraries

About the author:

Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and intellectual based in Montréal. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montréal Gazette, World Policy Journal and Canadian Women Studies Journal.

Book Trailer:



(Robyn Maynard on CBC News)


Listen to additional interviews with Robyn Maynard

Further reading:

Book Review at Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

Interview in Black Agenda Report

Book Review at the Vancouver Sun

The Walrus Best Books of 2018

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Check out the entire Read Local eBook collections for Halifax and Nova Scotia public libraries


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Chantelle Rideout is the Manager of Programming and Member Services for the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association.

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