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News Author Ben Hewitt Discusses The Town that Food Saved at Marlboro College, August 31

Marlboro, VT -- (August 24, 2010) --Marlboro College will kick off its Fall 2010 schedule of events by hosting a free, open to the public reading and discussion with Vermont author, Ben Hewitt, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, August 31 in the Whittemore Theater.

Marlboro selected Hewitt's book The Town that Food Saved as this year's community reading project. Each first-year student received a copy of the book during the summer and other copies were distributed to faculty and staff.  The goal of the community reading project is to provide a shared experience which new students can draw upon as they transition into college life.  Hewitt will read from the book and discuss his approach to researching and writing.

The Town that Food Saved (Rodale Press, 2010), is the narrative nonfiction tale about the town of Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of 3,000 residents, which has jump-started its economy and redefined its self-image through a local, self-sustaining food system unlike anything else in America. The town's mostly young entrepreneurs have created a network of community support; they meet regularly to share advice, equipment, and business plans, and to loan each other capital.

Hewitt's work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Best Life, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, the New York Times Magazine, Outside, and Skiing. He was born in northwestern Vermont and raised in a two-room cabin; his father was a poet and his mother worked on a nearby dairy farm. He now lives with his wife and two sons on a diversified, 40-acre farm in Vermont, where they produce dairy, beef, pork, lamb, vegetables, and berries. Ben is currently working on a new book about food safety, to be published by Rodale in 2011.

Copies of The Town that Food Saved will be available for sale in the Whittemore Theater lobby. For more information, please contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu.

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College also offers graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

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