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Books: Reading

Damien Echols discusses and signs Life After Death at UCLA's Freud Playhouse


Wednesday Sep 26, 2012 (7–9pm)



Book Soup (Venue Partner)

405 Hilgard Ave.

UCLA's Freud Playhouse (in McGowan Hall)



$38 (including book)


Book Soup says…

With Special Guest Interviewer: Dave Navarro

In 1993, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.--who have come to be known as the West Memphis Three--were arrested for the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas. The ensuing trial was marked by tampered evidence, false testimony, and public hysteria. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison; while eighteen-year-old Echols, deemed the "ringleader," was sentenced to death. Over the next two decades, the WM3 became known worldwide as a symbol of wrongful conviction and imprisonment, with thousands of supporters and many notable celebrities who called for a new trial. In a shocking turn of events, all three men were released in August 2011. Now Echols shares his story in full--from abuse by prison guards and wardens, to portraits of fellow inmates and deplorable living conditions, to the incredible reserves of patience, spirituality, and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated for nearly two decades. In these pages, Echols reveals himself a brilliant writer, infusing his narrative with tragedy and irony in equal measure: he describes the terrors he experienced every day and his outrage toward the American justice system, and offers a firsthand account of living on Death Row in heartbreaking, agonizing detail. Life After Death is destined to be a riveting, explosive classic of prison literature.


Tickets are $38.00 per person (+tax) and include a copy of Life After Death by Damien Echols. Tickets are not available online but can be purchased at Book Soup or over the phone at (310) 659-3110. If ordered over the phone, tickets will be available for pick up at the store prior to the event or at the Will Call tables the night of the event.