Oprah Announces The Sun Does Shine As Her Latest Book Club Pick

"This story reads like an epic novel," Oprah says of Anthony Ray Hinton's memoir. "And it is all true.”

Oprah has announced her latest book club pick, former death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton's memoir, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row.

"It’s a new selection that I am so passionate about," Winfrey said in her official announcement video. "Now, over the years I’ve chosen many great novels, very few memoirs, for my book club. But this story reads like an epic novel. And it is all true."

Oprah then goes on to recount Hinton's story. "Mr. Hinton was falsely convicted of murder and spent 30 years on death row when he was finally released. It's unimaginable."

Hinton was falsely convicted of murdering two fast food managers during robberies in 1985 and sentenced to death row in Alabama. He was set free in 2015 after ballistics tests proved he did not fire the gun.

"There was a time I thought I’d never see the sun again," Hinton said in a statement about Oprah's selection his book. "I really believe my mother prepared me, and she always told me to keep the faith. I worked really hard and tried to make a book that would inspire people to do better, learn how to forgive one another and move on. What happened to me, I don’t ever want to happen to anyone else. I’m just trying to be a little tiny light in God’s world."


If you'd like to be part of the book club reading process, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row is available below, and a guide is available right here.

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Ray Hinton will also appear on Oprah’s Book Club: Freedom After 30 years on Death Row, a special which will air on Sunday, June 10, at 11 a.m. ET on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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