This year’s selection for Concord Reads, the annual city-wide literary event organized by the Concord Public Library and sponsored by the Concord Public Library Foundation, is Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption by New Hampshire native Benjamin Rachlin. Benjamin will be at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 2nd at 7 p.m.
Ghost of the Innocent Man tells the heart-wrenching story of an innocent man’s twenty-five years in prison and his relentless efforts to prove his innocence and find the true culprit. Wrought with examples of the shortcomings of the country’s criminal justice system, the story is also suffused with hope and the possibility of meaningful reform as it follows the gallant efforts of the people who are working to change the system. With an overarching theme of the roles of race, ethnicity, and class in wrongful conviction, this title is sure to spark engaging and important conversation in the Concord community.
During the event at Red River, Benjamin Rachlin will give a presentation on his writing process followed by a Q&A session hosted by Peter Biello of New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR). Following the Q&A, Benjamin will sign books and copies will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Ghost of the Innocent Man are available for checkout at the Concord Public Library and its branches and the eBook & eAudiobook can be downloaded from the library website.
This year, Concord Reads programming will kick-off with a wrongful conviction themed panel discussion at NHTI’s Grappone Hall, Room 301 on Wednesday, 3/13 at 7pm. The panel, which will be moderated by Jason Moon of NHPR and host of the Bear Brook podcast, will consist of a representative from the New England Innocence Project, an individual who was wrongfully convicted and ultimately exonerated with the help of the New England Innocence Project, a representative from the ACLU-NH, and a local assistant county attorney.
To find out more about Concord Reads, Ghost of the Innocent Man, and this year’s slate of engaging programming to go along with the book visit the Concord Reads website.