LI Audio Book Club: Long Way Down

Join Leadership Indianapolis for an interactive discussion of the acclaimed YA novel, Long Way Down. We will be utilizing the audiobook version of Long Way Down, which can be completed in just under two hours.


Date: August 19, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $10

Location: Virtual – After signing up for the LI Audio Book Club through Eventbrite, you will receive a Zoom link and other details for joining the discussion.

Thanks to our event partner Indy Public Safety Foundation!


An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence… – via Good Reads


  • After registering to participate in the LI Audio Book Club, download Long Way Down from your preferred audio book source.
  • Listen to Long Way Down. It will take less than two hours to listen to the entire book.
  • Closer to the event we will send you the Zoom details for joining the discussion.
  • Join us for a discussion on August 19, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. to talk about some of the issues brought up in the book.


Why is LI hosting an audio book club?

Leadership Indianapolis has a long history of bringing together people from different professions, lived experiences, and perspectives to learn about community issues and leadership. The audio book club is another way for us to do that. We believe our city and its future is strengthened when people are able to come together for meaningful civil conversations about important issues.

Why did we choose this audio book?

For the past five years, Indianapolis has experienced record-breaking numbers of homicides due to gun violence. The impact of these shootings can be felt throughout our city, at all levels. As leaders, we may have many differing viewpoints on how we should get there, however, we all can agree that a change is needed.

This work, presented in the form of several stirring poems, provides an opportunity to discuss the growing issue of gun violence in our city, specifically its impact on young people.

Long Way Down is a story that invites the reader to explore the issue from the perspective of experience, not just policy.

Why is there a registration fee to participate in the audio book club?

The registration fee allows us to compensate our staff for the time and expertise they invest in this program.

What if I want to participate but I can’t afford the registration fee?

We do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating in the audio book club so if the registration cost creates a barrier to your participation, please reach out to Kelly Doucet at

Who do I contact if I have questions about LI Book Club?   

If you have questions about LI Book Club, please contact Kelly Doucet at


Books the that past LI Book Clubs have discussed.