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Thursday, October 4, 2018
One Maryland One Book Tour
4-7pm: Cambridge South Dorchester High School 2475 Cambridge Beltway Cambridge, MD
One Maryland One Book author Tim Junkin will visit Dorchester County on Oct. 4 to speak about his book, Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA. Dorchester County native Kurt Bloodsworth, who is the subject of Junkin's book, will join Junkin at the Dorchester County tour stop at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. Maryland Humanities kicks off the tour at the Baltimore Book Festival. Following the first stop, Junkin will travel to Washington, Frederick, Harford, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Wicomico, and Dorchester counties. Junkin will sign copies of his book at all tour events, which are free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The book was chosen by a committee of librarians, educators, authors, and bibliophiles in February. They reviewed more than 209 titles suggested last fall by readers across the state under the theme, “Justice.” “One Maryland One Book brings together a wide range of residents from every corner of the state,” said Phoebe Stein, executive director at Maryland Humanities. “Selecting a compelling book that centers on a Maryland native, written by a local author, adds an exciting layer to the program. I’m looking forward to hearing the important discussions this book will generate.” Tim Junkin said: “I was honored to learn that Bloodsworth was chosen as the 2018 One Maryland One Book selection, a program I applaud for encouraging reading and dialogue throughout our state. The marvel of Kirk Bloodsworth is that he not only survived, but what he became. His ordeal is still, to me, a frightening reminder of hard truths leavened with astonishing miracles.”
About the Book:
Kirk Bloodsworth was charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to die in Maryland’s gas chamber. Maintaining his innocence, he read everything on criminal law available in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for the then-innovative DNA testing. After nine years in one of the harshest prisons in America, Kirk Bloodsworth became the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence. The governor of Maryland pardoned him and has gone on to become a tireless spokesman against capital punishment. Bloodsworth’s story speaks for hundreds of others who were wrongly convicted and have since been released, and for the thousands still in prison waiting for DNA testing.