OB Bookstore ‘Run for Cover’ to Host Bestselling Author, Anti-Death Penalty Activist Sister Helen Prejean

by on February 12, 2020 · 2 comments

in Ocean Beach

The Ocean Beach bookstore on Voltaire Street, Run for Cover, is hosting the bestselling author and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean. Sister Prejean will speak about her new book and about California’s death penalty.

The event will take place Sunday February 23 at 6 pm and is free to the public. RSVPs are requested to guarantee seating (see below). And due to the anticipated interest in the event, it will be held at First Church of the Nazarene at the Point Loma Nazarene University.

From Run for Cover press release:

Sister Helen is the bestselling author of Dead Man Walking, which chronicled her work in death row ministry and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film that put a spotlight on the issues and complexity around the death penalty. She will be speaking as well as signing her new book, River of Fire, which explores her spiritual journey to her social justice work.

Run for Cover Bookstore’s owner Marianne Reiner, a former lawyer, says the event holds special meaning for her. “Now in her eighties, Sister Helen is a compelling person who has intrigued even her skeptics for decades. California still has the death penalty and her unique perspective is a timely and important one for us to hear. As a fan of both her advocacy and her writing, I am honored she has accepted our invitation to come speak with us in San Diego.”

Run for Cover is sponsoring the event in a partnership with the International Museum of Human Rights and the Tim Spann Memorial Fund, which honors the legacy of Reiner’s friend, local activist and capital punishment abolitionist Tim Spann, who passed away a year ago.

The event will take place Sunday February 23 at 6pm and is free to the public. Due to the anticipated interest in the event, it will be held at First Church of the Nazarene at the Point Loma Nazarene University campus, 3901 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106. Parking is free.

RSVPs are requested to guarantee seating – go here.

To preorder book copies for Sister Helen to sign, please go here. to https://runforcoverbookstore.com/pre-order-river-of-fire/ or call Run for Cover at (619) 228-9497. To arrange media interviews with Sister Helen, please contact Run for Cover.

About Run for Cover Bookstore

Run for Cover Bookstore is an independent bookstore in Ocean Beach, founded by attorney and translator Marianne Reiner. It offers a curated collection of fiction and nonfiction for all ages, while hosting author visits and community events throughout the year. RunforCoverBookstore.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Marianne Reiner, (619) 379-6339, Marianne@runforcoverbookstore.com

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Frank Gormlie February 12, 2020 at 3:38 pm

Due to this article, I just now found out friend Tim Spann passed away. He left his mark on OB. Much of the metal work on the exterior what’s now Breakfast Republic was his. I met him back in the late 1970s when we both worked for a commercial sign company. Fast forward to present day, I ran into him again when he was creating metal work for the Cohn family restaurant on Newport Ave. He was always an artist and always an activist.


obcliffhanger February 17, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Run for Cover is a GREAT local bookshop. Log off your Amazon and Barnes&Noble pages and head down to Voltaire. (ok, I use B&N to find the book I want, then I go to R4C …). If the book isn’t in the shop, Marianne can order it for you and it gets there quickly. OK, not as quick as the Amazon delivery guy who is waiting outside your door 24/7, but we could all re-learn a little delayed gratification and rediscovery “need” versus “want”.
Chill out.
Read books.
Get then here in OB at Run for Cover.
Keep our local bookstore going!


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