Friends of JBV Library to host May book review talk

The Friends Book Review Committee will host Dr. Kerry Richmond on May 6, 2022, who will review “The Sun Does Shine: How I found life and freedom on death row” by Anthony Hinton.

This moving memoir brings the death penalty into focus as Hinton serves 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was a victim of the judicial system because he was poor and Black and living in the south in 1986. Finally, the Supreme Court ruled that he should receive a new trial, and he was exonerated. Hinton’s book not only recounts his legal battles through the years, but also shows how he transformed his attitude toward life during his imprisonment. Hinton now speaks widely on prison reform, the power of faith, and forgiveness.

Dr. Kerry Richmond chairs the Criminal Justice Department at Lycoming College and holds the rank of associate professor. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Maryland. Richmond teaches courses in criminological theory, race and class, gender and crime, and correctional policy. She chose this book because it is a classic memoir that deals with a troubling, but compelling topic.

The review begins at 12:15 p.m. in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family Wing of the James V. Brown Library with a Q&A from 12:45 to 1 p.m. Reservations are required due to space considerations. Please call the library at 570-326-0536 or use the library’s online reservation calendar (calendar.jvbrown.edu) before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Parking is available in the public lot off Market Street, adjacent to the Welch Wing.


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