‘Writing My Wrongs’ for book group

Nov 08, 2017

Thomaston — The Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison” by Shaka Senghor Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the main room of the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building on Main Street/Route 1.

Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. In this inspiring book that gives hope for those who believe in the redemption of the incarcerated, Senghor, having served a lengthy sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, proves to be the exception to the rule that the majority of ex-cons return to prison.

Energized by a letter from his young son and access to a large prison library, he questions his identity, purpose and faith, becoming a writer and mentor to inmates. It is these piercing vignettes in this remarkable book that demonstrates Senghor’s resilience and determination to reclaim his life as a citizen, author, motivational speaker and a Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and Kellogg Foundation.

On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share opinions and ideas about the book selection. All are welcome.

Those who live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride should call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion. The selection for Dec. 19 is “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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