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I love ink on paper.
On two spectacular fall days last weekend, thousands of others who feel the same way I do turned out for the 2012 National Book Festival. There was something for everyone. More than 100 authors spoke on subjects ranging from presidents to puppies.
It was my privilege to speak about Sacco and Vanzetti. To tell the truth, it was a big crowd, I was nervous, and the time seemed to go by in a blur. I’m told that Patricia Cornwell, who had spoken earlier that day, was in the audience, taking notes.
In 2006 best-selling author John Grisham took up non-fiction to write The Innocent Man, the true story of a wrongful conviction in Oklahoma. Could Cornwell be contemplating a similar move? The more than 250 prisoners exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence since the 1980s would surely agree that shining a spotlight on the subject of wrongful convictions would be a good thing.