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Freeing David McCallum: The Last Miracle of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

Talk & Signing with KEN KLONSKY
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

Ken Klonsky launches the book which tells of how he and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, worked to help free a wrongfully convicted man.

Sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit, David McCallum wrote over 600 letters hoping that someone would want to hear his story. After his writing landed on the desk of legal advocate Ken Klonsky and in the hands of legendary boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter—whose own wrongful conviction captured the attention of Bob Dylan, Denzel Washington and Nelson Mandela—thousands more would learn of his fight against his unjust incarceration. Freeing David McCallum: The Last Miracle of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter by Ken Klonsky details the years of dedicated service and steadfast friendship that resulted in the miracle of one man’s release.

This May, Ken Klonsky won the Liberty Award from the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association for Excellence in the Arts – mainly for Freeing David McCallum.

Pronounced guilty for the murder of a 20-year-old man and imprisoned at age 17, McCallum never lost the desire to prove his innocence. But a deeply flawed criminal justice system in turns corrupt, coercive and complex delayed his vision of freedom for 29 years. Freeing David McCallum details the struggles of David’s team as they founded an innocence project, sought pro-bono lawyers, hired experts to reexamine evidence and even produced a documentary film—Fight for Justice: David and Me (Markham Street Films)—directed by Ken’s son.

Throughout the confounding twists and turns of the case, and along with a benevolent cast of colleagues from across North America, the three men stayed the course with their loyalty to one another: David, whose calm demeanor fostered wisdom instead of bitterness, drew people to his aid with his unwavering search for knowledge and truth; Ken, whose abhorrence of injustice fueled his support for David, created faith around his friend’s innocence; Rubin, whose charisma never faltered even as he battled terminal cancer, used his influence and his dying wish to free David from prison.

Published in the New York Daily News, Carter’s death bed plea for McCallum’s release finally brought an end to the agony of David’s imprisonment, as the last line of his letter turned the tide: “To live in a world where truth matters, and justice, however late, really happens, that world would be heaven enough for us all.”

Ken Klonsky is the coauthor of Eye of the Hurricane with Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and the author of Life Without and Songs of Aging Children.

Event co-sponsored by Banyen and WORD Vancouver, Sept. 26-30.