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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, or contact Kendra Vaglienti, executive dean of the Communications Division, or Nelda Contreras, developmental writing professor.