Carnegie-Stout Public Library - All Community Reads

The book selected for this first-time, community-wide reading program is “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption” by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo.

“Picking Cotton” is a New York Times best-seller that tells the true story of an unlikely friendship forged between a woman and the man she misidentified as her attacker and sent to prison for 11 years. Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton recount the harrowing details of their tragedy, challenging our ideas about memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and healing power of forgiveness.

The goal of the All Community Reads program is to have as many people as possible read the book and connect through their shared experience. Furthermore, the subject matter of the book is intended to engage the community in thoughtful discussion of racial and social inequities, restorative justice, and the aftermath of trauma.

Events for the All Community Reads program will take place throughout the month of October, including book discussions, movie screenings, and a panel discussion on restorative justice. Please see below for details.

The authors will visit Dubuque on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. They will present at the Five Flags Theater, 405 Main Street at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The author's visit has been made possible by the Dubuque Racing Association.

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Picking Cotton Photo

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Carnegie-Stout Public Library
360 W. 11th Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

Clarke University - Nicholas J Schrup Library
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001

Five Flags Center
405 Main Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

Fountain of Youth1497 Central AvenueDubuque, IA 52001

Hy-Vee – Asbury Plaza
2395 Northwest Arterial
Dubuque, IA 52002

3500 Dodge Street
Dubuque, IA 52003

400 S. Locust Street
Dubuque, IA 52003

Loras College Library
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

River Lights
1098 Main Street
Dubuque, IA 52001