Rebellion is part of P!nk's brand, and this week she's putting it to good use. She's partnered with PEN America to give away 2,000 free books at tonight's concert at the Kesaya Center in Miami and tomorrow's show and tomorrow's show at the Amarant Bank Center in Sunrise, two stops on her 2023 Trustfall Tour.
“Books have held a special joy for me from the time I was a child, and that’s why I am unwilling to stand by and watch while books are banned by schools,” she said in a press release.
Amid a 33% spike in book bans nationally, Florida now ranks first in the nation and accounts for more than 40% of all documented bans, surpassing Texas, a report from Pen America found. 3,362 books were banned in America between 2022 and 2023, and our book-ban happy state is responsible for 1,400 of those. To put this into perspective, Texas has banned the second most amount of books – 625, to be exact.
P!nk will offer concertgoers four different books that have appeared in PEN America’s Index of Banned Books at the shows: The Family Book by Todd Parr; The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman; Beloved by Toni Morrison; and a book from the “Girls Who Code” children’s series. This represents a range of challenged topics, from LGBTQ+ inclusion to race in America.