The Ellison Project and its founder and CEO Don Katz have been strong supporters of the Newark Public Library over the years.  Now there is a special initiative at Audible to recognize and celebrate novelist Ralph Ellison.  Ralph’s understanding of the power of the oral tradition and his ability to hear the music in spoken words informed the mission and vision of the company from the beginning.  As part of honoring Ellison’s legacy, Audible is making the audiobook of Ellison’s Invisible Man free to everyone in the United States through December 31, 2016.

As you know, Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression, and offers customers a powerful way to enhance and enrich their lives every day.  Audible founder and CEO Don Katz was taught by Ellison while an undergraduate at NYU and was supported by Ellison through his first career as a writer. In his letter on The Ellison Project page here, Don describes how Ralph’s writing changed him, how Ralph’s mentorship inspired and supported his writing career, and later, how his relationship with Ralph inspired the founding and continued mission of Audible.

Invisible Man won the National Book Award in 1953, and has since been one of the most cited books on the AP English Literature exam.  Now more than ever, this towering work of literature has the power to inspire a generation entrusted with creating inclusive communities of students, and reminds us of our past so that we may build a better future.  We hope this book and this performance will inspire you, your members, and your community to continue to believe in the life-changing power of literature, the criticality of learning, and in the importance of great mentors.

Please feel free to share that the audiobook is free for everyone in the U.S. through 12/31, from us to everyone, no strings attached and can be downloaded at  

If you would like additional information on this initiative, please go here to the Ellison Project, where you can see a personal video and letter from CEO Don Katz and find access to the complimentary audiobook.

And don’t forget to share your favorite Invisible Man quotes, and your own thoughts of what Ellison’s work means to you at or on social media #TheEllisonProject