Damien Echols, of the West Memphis Three, to Publish Memoir with Blue Rider


Sarah Hochman, senior editor at David Rosenthal’s still-new Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press, has acquired a memoir by Damien Echols. Mr. Echols was one of the “West Memphis Three,” who were wrongfully convicted for the 1993 murders of three children in West Memphis, Ark. and released from prison this past August. Mr. Echols was in New York this week for a screening of the third installment in the documentary series about his case, Paradise Lost 3, which was shown at the New York Film Festival on October 10.

According to a statement from Blue Rider, an imprint of Penguin, “The as-yet untitled book will be Echols’ account of the trial proceedings and eighteen years spent on death row, including his personal and public quest for exoneration, his prison diaries, and accounts of support from his wife and friends.”

The book is scheduled for release in September 2012.