KUT, Central Texas’ public radio station, broadcast a segment on Monday’s newscast on “ART AND THE DEATH PENALTY“. It includes an interview with TMN’s Scott Cobb talking about the art show that TMN organized in 2006 and that is planned again for 2008 and with writer Bill Crawford, who is appearing at BookPeople in Austin this Friday. Click the button to hear the audio.

Artist David Blow’s “Communication Failure.” It was part of last year’s Texas Moratorium Network’s Art Show. Courtesy of Texas Moratorium Network.

Austin, TX

Four Texas prisoners are scheduled to be executed before the end of August. The state has executed almost 400 people since it reinstated the death penalty in the 1970’s.

BookPeople is hosting a photo exhibit that opens on Sunday August 19, 2007 showing the mug shots of death row inmates. Austin’s Bill Crawford will be there, discussing his book: “Texas Death Row: Executions in the Modern Era”. Is there an intersection between art and capital punishment?

BookPeople in Austin

Date: Aug 24, Friday
Time:7:00 PM

Event: Bill Crawford and Larry Fitzgerald – Texas Death Row

Description: Texas is responsible for more executions than any other state in the union. Nothing really humanizes this fact more that Bill Crawford’s book Texas Death Row. This book features photographs of death row inmates. Photographs from the book will be on exhibit at BookPeople from August 19-25, with Crawford here today to talk about this work. Also on hand will be Larry Fitzgerald, who served as the public information manager for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from 1995-2003. This is truly a unique and moving look at our criminal justice system, one not to be missed.

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