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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, March 09, 2011

College to Welcome Open Book Co-author

College to Welcome Open Book Co-author

Craig Watkins, Dallas district attorney, was the featured
speakerthis fall for the Open Book Project

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, co-author of “Picking Cotton,” the college’s Open Book for the year was originally scheduled to speak in early February, but snow and ice closed the college that week. Now Thompson-Cannino will be coming on March 30 at 12:30 p.m.

“Picking Cotton,” written by Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo, tells the real-life story of a wrongful accusation and conviction. Told from the viewpoints of Thompson-Cannino and Cotton, readers see both sides of the story—from the terrible night of the crime to the day Cotton was acquitted 11 years later. It is a story of pain, fear and forgiveness.

For more information about the Open Book Project, visit www.BrookhavenCollege.edu/OpenBook, or contact Kendra Vaglienti, executive dean of the Communications Division, or Nelda Contreras, developmental writing professor.