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A Conversation with Alison Flowers


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Join us for a discussion and reading with Alison Flowers, author of Exoneree Diaries.

Copies of Alison's book, Exoneree Diaries: the Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity, will be available for purchase and signing by the author after the event.

Alison Flowers is an investigative journalist who focuses on social justice and criminal justice. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, TIME, The Village Voice, VICE, Chicago Reader, and she is a two-time winner of the Hillman Foundation’s Sidney Award. Flowers works at the Invisible Institute, a production company on the South Side of Chicago, and she is a fellow with the Social Justice News Nexus, an investigative journalism project supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

She is the author of “Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence and Identity” (Haymarket Books, 2016), first place winner of the 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award (Small Press), first place winner of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s Mate E. Palmer Professional Communications Contest, and the Chicago Writer’s Association’s Honorable Mention for Book of the Year in Nonfiction. The title was also selected by the Illinois Secretary of State for the statewide “Illinois Reads” program and earned a 2016 Nautilus Silver Award for Journalism and Investigative Reporting. In 2013, Flowers produced a multimedia series about exonerees for Chicago Public Media and NPR affiliate WBEZ. The yearlong project was a finalist for a national Online Journalism Award. Flowers also contributed to the anthology “Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States.”