Barry EstabrookWinona State University will host Barry Estabrook, author of WSU’s 2013-14 Common BookTomatoland,” Feb. 17-18.

Estabrook will participate in a panel discussion on “Farm, Labor, and Immigration Policy” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons. Panelists include Jack Hedin (Featherstone Farms) and Ernesto Velez Buscos (Centro Campesino).

Estabrook will also visit Deb Cumberland’s Creative Nonfiction class from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Minne 361. The class will be open to the public, and visitors should be prepared to discuss “Tomatoland.” RSVP to Cumberland at

WSU will host “On Writer’s Block and Flying Tomatoes: An Interview with Barry Estabrook” 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the New Center Conference Room. Participants are welcome to bring questions to this Q & A session.

The Common Book Project will also sponsor a screening of “Black Gold” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Science Laboratory Center 120. Carew Halleck of Mugby Junction will lead a discussion on efforts to achieve more equitable relationships among farmers, corporations, and consumers in the global coffee trade.  Mugby Junction Coffee will be served.


All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, email Ann-Marie Dunbar at

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