LI Audio Book Club: My Time Will Come

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Join Leadership Indianapolis for an engaging discussion of “My Time Will Come,” by Ian Manuel.

This LI Audio Book Club is presented in partnership with the Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement at Butler University.

Participants will receive a free copy of the physical book and be invited to a private, in-person event with Ian Manuel this fall.


Date: Thursdays, August 5-19th, 2021

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $25

Location: Virtual – After signing up for the LI Audio Book Club through Eventbrite, you will receive a Zoom link and other details for joining the discussion.

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences thirteen- and fourteen-year-old offenders, mostly youth of color, to life in prison without parole. In 1991, Ian Manuel, then fourteen, was sentenced to life without parole for a non-homicide crime. In a botched mugging attempt with some older boys, he shot a young white mother of two in the face. But as Bryan Stevenson, attorney and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has insisted, none of us should be judged by only the worst thing we have ever done.

Capturing the fullness of his humanity, here is Manuel’s powerful testimony of growing up homeless in a neighborhood riddled with poverty, gang violence, and drug abuse—and of his efforts to rise above his circumstances, only to find himself, partly through his own actions, imprisoned for two-thirds of his life, eighteen years of which were spent in solitary confinement.

Here is the story of how he endured the savagery of the United States prison system, and how his victim, an extraordinary woman, forgave him and bravely advocated for his freedom, which was achieved by an Equal Justice Initiative push to address the barbarism of our judicial system and bring about “just mercy.”

Full of unexpected twists and turns as it describes a struggle for redemption, My Time Will Come is a paean to the capacity of the human will to transcend adversity through determination and art—in Ian Manuel’s case, through his dedication to writing poetry.


Where can I listen to the audio book?

You can find audio versions of My Time Will Come here:

Audible –

Audiobook Store –

Chirp –

Why is LI hosting an audio book club?

Leadership Indianapolis has a long history of bringing together people from different professions, lived experiences, and perspectives to learn about community issues and leadership. The audio book club is another way for us to do that. We believe our city and its future is strengthened when people are able to come together for meaningful civil conversations about important issues.

Why is there a registration fee to participate in the audio book club?

The registration fee allows us to compensate our staff for the time and expertise they invest in this program.

What if I want to participate but I can’t afford the registration fee?

We do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating in the audio book club so if the registration cost creates a barrier to your participation, please reach out to Ebony Chappel at

Who do I contact if I have questions about LI Book Club?   

If you have questions about LI Book Club, please contact Ebony Chappel at

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