Ian Manuel

RECORDED Sunday, May 16, 2021

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Ian Manuel‘s memoir, My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption is the wrenching, and inspiring, story of a fourteen-year-old sentenced to life in prison, of the extraordinary relationship that developed between him and the woman he shot, and of his release after twenty-six years of imprisonment through the efforts of America’s greatest contemporary legal activist, Bryan Stevenson.

Ian Manuel lives in New York City. He is a motivational speaker at schools and social organizations nationwide.


“Ian is magic. His story is difficult and heartbreaking, but he takes us places we need to go to understand why we must do better. He survives by relying on a poetic spirit, an unrelenting desire to succeed, to recover, and to love. Ian’s story says something hopeful about our future.”

— Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy