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Virtual Event: Shanti Brien discusses Almost Innocent with Berké Brown
FEBRUARY 10, 7PM/PST
Free to attend, registration required. Register here to attend
Kirkus Reviews has named Shanti Brien's ALMOST INNOCENT to its "Best Indie Books of 2021" list as well as its list of "Top Ten Best Indie Memoirs." To celebrate one of the year's best books, Pegasus Books, in proud partnership with The King's English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT) welcomes Shanti Brien and Berké Brown. Berké and Shanti will talk about Shanti's book, ALMOST INNOCENT: FROM SEARCHING TO SAVED IN AMERICA'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, as well as their shared work of creating fairness in the criminal justice system (and beyond). Both Berké and Shanti believe in inspiring real change by focusing on shared values, creating empathy and compassion, and appreciating the universal experience of human fallibility.
This event will take place on zoom and is free to attend but registration is required. Register here
ABOUT THE BOOK
Shanti Bright Brien was a practicing criminal defense lawyer and a recovering-NFL wife when the Department of Justice began a criminal investigation of her husband’s company. This collision of her personal and professional lives altered her view of the system she’d dedicated her life to and frames her book ALMOST INNOCENT: FROM SEARCHING TO SAVED IN AMERICA'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (Amplify Publishing, 2021). Detailing the stories of nine of Brien’s clients—from teenage Hmong gang member convicted of a drive-by shooting, to a graying hippie lawyer and single-mother convicted of falsifying a document, from thieves to rapists, from the obviously-guilty to the surprisingly-innocent— Almost Innocent reveals the messy and tragic criminal system and offers suggestions for what it could be: more fair, more humane, and more just.
"Shanti Brien asks the two urgent questions of our time: is anyone entirely innocent and why is it so easy for us to draw lines between us and them? Almost Innocent is a deft but humble investigation into who is worthy of compassion and where justice may have lost its way." -Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place and Tell Me More.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Shanti Bright Brien is an author, criminal defense attorney and co-Founder of Fogbreak Justice, a national organization that collaborates with criminal justice professionals, civic leaders and business change-makers who are serious about fairness and equity. After over ten years as a defense attorney for people convicted of crimes and sentenced to prison, Shanti understood the need for profound change. Through her writing and teaching, Shanti is committed to creating radical empathy and to illuminating our shared human fallibility. Shanti received her BA with high honors and distinction in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and JD from Stanford Law School. She has taught at UC Berkeley School of Law and Mills College Graduate School of Public Policy. She is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe and a mother of three.
Berké Brown is an expert in the diversity, equity and inclusion field, working primarily with criminal justice agencies to create fairness, equitable outcomes and community trust. Berké is also a speaker, organizational change consultant, and executive coach. Berké is a Cal graduate and first-generation American.