Cuesta College’s 2014 Book of the Year festivities will focus on crime, punishment and the correctional system.
On April 3, author Piper Kerman will visit Cuesta’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center for a sold-out discussion of her best-selling book “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.”
Published in 2010, Kerman’s best-selling memoir about her experiences behind bars at a federal correctional facility in Danbury, Conn., inspired the Netflix series of the same title. The second season of the show premieres in June.
Cuesta’s Book of the Year program includes the following free events:
Cal Poly lecturer Kathleen A. Cairns will discuss her book “Proof of Guilt: Barbara Graham and the Politics of Executing Women in America” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arroyo Grande Library, 800 Branch St., and on March 27 at the Paso Robles City Library, 1000 Spring St.
The documentary “The House I Live In,” about America’s war on drugs, will be screened March 31 at the San Luis Obispo City-County Library, 995 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson will participate in a April 3 panel discussion about local inmate populations at Cuesta College along with Marci Powers, coordinator of the county Anti-Gang Coordinating Commission; Theresa Harpin, director of Restorative Partners of San Luis Obispo; and students affected by the justice system.
On April 5 is the “Spring into Nature” family workshop for ages 5 and older at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Road.
In addition, book discussions about “Orange Is the New Black” will be held at various times Thursday through April 9 at libraries throughout the county.
For more information about Cuesta’s Book of the Year festivities, call 546-3190 or visit http://library.cuesta.edu/book/.