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FJI Author Series: “Boy with a Knife”

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A Bench/Bar Reading Discussion with the Author, Jean Trounstine


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From the publisher: “Boy With A Knife tells the story of Karter Kane Reed, who, at the age of sixteen, was sentenced to life in an adult prison for a murder he committed in 1993 in a high school classroom. Twenty years later, in 2013, he became one of the few men in Massachusetts to sue the Parole Board and win his freedom.

The emotional and devastating narrative takes us step by step through Karter’s crime, trial, punishment, and survival in prison, as well as his readjustment into regular society. In addition to being a powerful portrayal of one boy trying to come to terms with the consequences of his tragic actions, Boy With A Knife is also a searing critique of the practice of sentencing youth to adult prisons, providing a wake-up call on how we must change the laws in this country that allow children to be sentenced as adults.”

About the Author: Jean Trounstine

Jean Trounstine is the author of the highly praised Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in Women’s Prison (St. Martin’s) about her decade directing plays and teaching at Framingham Women’s Prison in Massachusetts. She has written numerous articles on prison issues for publications including Boston magazine, the Boston GlobeWorking Woman magazine, the Women’s Review of Books, and Truthout, and has been the subject of many articles, radio broadcasts (NPR, The Connection), and TV shows (the Today Show).

Program participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss Boy with a Knife with the author in an informal round table setting. Participation will be limited to 12 judges and 12 attorneys, so please register early. A complimentary copy of the book will be distributed to judges prior to the program. Attorneys must register through the Social Law Library. For Attorney registration please contact Michael Saporito at the Social Law Library – (617) 226-1343.