One Maryland One Book Author Event 10/2/2018


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10/2/18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Free admission


Abingdon Library , 2510 Tollgate Road, Abingdon, MD

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Harford County Public Library will host Tim Junkin, the 2018 One Maryland One Book author of "Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence," on October 2 at 7 p.m. at the Abingdon Library. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of "Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence" will be available for purchase and signing the evening of the talk. In addition, 18 book discussion programs will be held at libraries and other locations throughout Harford County from September 10 through October 25. For times and locations, visit or pick up a copy of Headlines & Happenings at any Harford County Public Library. One Maryland One Book is a program of Maryland Humanities and is presented in Harford County by Harford County Public Library and its partners Harford Community College and Harford County Department of Community Services. In his book, Junkin, an attorney with 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer and advocate of civil rights, details the story of Kirk Bloodsworth, who was charged with the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl in 1984. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to die in Maryland’s gas chamber. Maintaining his innocence, Bloodsworth 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 prison, Bloodsworth became the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence. He was pardoned by the governor of Maryland in 1993 and has gone on to become a spokesman against capital punishment. Author Junkin lives on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. An award-winning writer and a teacher, he is also the author of The Waterman and Good Counsel. Junkin graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973 and completed his law studies at Georgetown University Law Center in 1977. He has taught at American University, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University Law School and the Bethesda Writer’s Center.

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