Lawmakers to receive copy of Rep. John Lewis's book

Lawmakers are in for an early holiday gift: the publisher behind the first graphic novel penned by a member of Congress is sending a digital copy to each of Rep. John Lewis’s (D-Ga.) colleagues.

March: Book One was released to lots of fanfare in August and topped The New York Times bestseller list. It details the 73-year-old congressman and civil rights leader’s memories of the March on Washington and the fight for equality in the 1960s.

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In a note accompanied with the gift from the publisher, Top Shelf Productions, Lewis writes to fellow members, “it is my hope that this graphic novel can inspire new generations to speak up and speak out, to make their voice heard, and, hopefully, to make our nation a more just and peaceful place for all.”

The digital edition of the illustrated story typically costs $10. The second and third volumes of the March trilogy are due out in 2014 and 2015.