Steven Hale discusses Death Row Welcomes You with Erin Kincaid

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Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

This event was rescheduled from May 8th.

Carmichael's Bookstore is excited to be hosting Steven Hale for his latest book, Death Row Welcomes You. He will be joined in conversation by mitigation specialist, Erin Kincaid. This event will be held at our Frankfort Ave location.

About the Book:

In the vein of Waiting for an Echo and Dead Man Walking, a deeply immersive look at justice in America, told through the interwoven lives of condemned prisoners and the men and women who come to visit them . . .

In 2018, after nearly a decade’s hiatus, the state of Tennessee began executing death row inmates, bucking national trends that showed the death penalty in decline. In less than two years, the state put seven men to death, more than any other state but Texas in that time period. It was an execution spree unlike any seen in Tennessee since the 1940s, one only brought to a halt by a global pandemic.   

Award-winning journalist Steven Hale was the leading reporter on these executions, covering them both locally for the Nashville Scene alt-weekly and nationally for The Appeal.

In Death Row Welcomes You, Hale traces the lives of condemned prisoners at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution—and the people who come to visit them. What brought them—the visitors and convicted murderers alike—to death row?

The visitors are, for the most part, not activists—or at least they did not start out that way. Nor are they the sort of killer-obsessed death row groupies such settings sometimes attract. In fact, in most cases they are average people whose lives, not to mention their views on the death penalty, were turned upside down by a face-to-face meeting with a death row prisoner.

Hale’s access to the people that make up that community afforded him a perspective that no other journalist has been granted, largely because Tennessee’s Department of Correction has all but shut off official media access.

Combining topics that have long fascinated readers—crime, death, and life inside prison—Hale writes with humanity, empathy, and insight earned by befriending death row prisoners . . . and standing witness to their final moments.


About the Author:

Steven Hale is an award-winning writer who worked for ten years as a staff reporter covering criminal justice and politics for the Nashville Scene. He has written extensively about Tennessee's death row, for which he won an Association of Alternative Newsmedia "Best Reporting" Award in 2020. His work has also appeared at The Appeal, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post. He is currently a criminal defense investigator in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Death Row Welcomes You: Visiting Hours in the Shadow of the Execution Chamber By Steven Hale Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612199283
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Published: Melville House - March 26th, 2024

"An eye-opening journey to a place that’s hard to access, rarely seen and shrouded by myths of monsters and abominations. ... Death Row Welcomes You demands that we not look away."- New York Times

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Carmichael's Bookstore is excited to be hosting Steven Hale for his latest book, Death Row Welcomes You. He will be joined in conversation by mitigation specialist, Erin Kincaid.