Winner – 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award (small press)
Winner – Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s Mate E. Palmer Professional Communications Contest
Winner – “Illinois Reads” program (Adult Nonfiction), Selected by Illinois Secretary of State
Winner – 2016 Nautilus Silver Award for Journalism and Investigative Reporting
Honorable Mention – Chicago Writer’s Association’s Book of the Year in Nonfiction
“No author has covered the years after exoneration with the same depth as Flowers does in this disturbing book.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Searing portraits” —Publishers Weekly
“Alison Flowers has nailed it – and then driven it home.” —Damien Echols, former “West Memphis Three” death row inmate and author of Life After Death
“…For these former prisoners, exoneration is not the end of the story. It is only the beginning. And Alison Flowers, in Exoneree Diaries, effectively provides the narrative of their lives.” —Foreword Reviews, “Book of the Day”
For media inquiries and speaking opportunities, contact publicist Jim Plank, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The book “Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence and Identity” (Haymarket, 2016) originated as a narrative non-fiction multimedia series for Chicago Public Media and NPR affiliate, WBEZ 91.5. In the series, Flowers explored a new frontier of the innocence movement by investigating how wrongfully convicted prisoners, once released, struggle to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and identities. The series was a finalist for a national Online Journalism Award in 2014. In April 2015, WBEZ presented a live event around the series at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
Special radio guests include Sister Helen Prejean of “Dead Man Walking” and Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row exoneree cleared by DNA evidence. In 2014, Flowers moderated a panel on women exonerees for the international Innocence Network conference. The Illinois Humanities Council also featured Flowers’ work at the Chicago Cultural Center. For more on Exoneree Diaries, read the Loyola School of Law news article about the project.
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