Anthony Ray Hinton discusses his new book, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row.”
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About the book: A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity. He believed the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.
Unfortunately, what Hinton’s memoir, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row” (St. Martin’s Press; March 27, 2018), shows is that without money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, he was sentenced to death by electrocution.
Hinton spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—despairing and angry at all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton recovered and challenged his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but to find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.
With a foreword by Stevenson, “The Sun Does Shine” is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, “The Sun Does Shine” tells Hinton’s dramatic 30-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
About the author: Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly thirty years on death row for crimes he didn’t commit. Released in April 2015, Hinton now speaks widely on prison reform and the power of faith and forgiveness. He lives in Alabama.