cover of The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
Anthony Ray Hinton

Anthony Ray Hinton

Author shares how he found life and freedom on death row and his insights into the U.S. criminal justice system

CMC's Common Reader engages students, staff and community members and culminates with local author visits

The Sun Does Shine is the story of Anthony Ray Hinton, a resilient and hopeful survivor. In 1985 Mr. Hinton was convicted of two counts of capital murder and spent thirty years in solitary confinement on death row at Holman State Prison in Alabama for crimes he did not commit.

In 2015, Mr. Hinton was acquitted on both counts of capital murder and released from prison with the help of Bryan Stevenson (Author of Just Mercy) and the Equal Justice Initiative.  This book will have you reflecting on the need for reform in our national criminal justice system, while at the same time rejoicing in Mr. Hinton’s ability to find freedom, hope, joy and love in darkest of times and environments.

Read Anthony Ray Hinton’s Biography

Read with us

Participate in Colorado Mountain College’s Common Reader program and explore The Sun Does Shine, along with your community. The Common Reader program is designed to encourage learning conversations among staff, faculty, students and community members.

Explore the book on a deeper level through CMC discussion groups, classes, and at the author visits at the following locations.

Author Visits

Engage directly with Mr. Hinton during two virtual speaking events the week of March 22-26. Exact dates and times to be announced.