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 LewisJohn LewisThis week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure Dem lawmaker spars with own party over prison reform Democrats urge colleagues to oppose prison reform bill MORE’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.

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.