O-Town Reads events are designed to bring our community together through the reading and discussion of a common book and give the members of our city -- both young and old -- an opportunity to connect and talk through a shared reading experience.

O-Town Reads brings friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers together through a common theme. Approximately 500 copies of the chosen title are given away to the community each year with the instructions to "read and pass it on"

THE SUN DOES SHINE

by
Anthony Ray Hinton
2022

Book Cover

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.


But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

Anthony Ray Hinton

Author

Anthony Ray Hinton

O-TOWN READS EVENTS

  • 2023 O-Town Reads Announcement
    Fri, Dec 09
    Ottawa Library
    Dec 09, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Ottawa Library, 105 S Hickory St, Ottawa, KS 66067, USA
    Ottawa Library's 2023 selection for O-Town reads will be unveiled during a Chamber Coffee. Come and get a first look at what we have planned.
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2022 SPONSORS

American Eagle Outfitters Foundation

KOFO

Rich Brown and Sheryl Servatius-Brown

Hepner Appraisal Service

Friends of the Ottawa Library

Ottawa Memorial Auditorium

Loyd Builders

Dr. T. Gregory Dulos, Optometrist

Ottawa Rotary

Trent and Jody Lancaster

Tom and Becky Shrimplin

Betty Birzer, Realtor

OTHER O-TOWN READS TITLES

2016
OUT OF MY MIND
2017
GIRL IN REVERSE
2018
THE OTHER WES MOORE
2019
TOUGH AS THEY COME
2020
NO OTHER HOME
2021
A MAN CALLED OVE
2023
FINDING DOROTHY