Dinner Disrupted: WASTELANDS: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial
Tue, June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Corban Addison comes to Westport to discuss his new nonfiction book, Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial, with Sustainable Westport's Johanna Martell. As vivid and fast-paced as a thriller, Wastelands takes us into the heart of a legal battle over the future of America’s farmland and into the lives of the people who found the courage to fight. With journalistic rigor and a novelist’s instinct for story, Corban Addison's Wastelands captures the inspiring struggle to bring a modern-day monopoly to its knees, to force a once-invincible corporation to change, and to preserve the rights—and restore the heritage—of a long-suffering community.
"Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and told with the air of suspense that few writers can handle, Wastelands is a story I wish I had written." —From the Foreword by John Grisham
Corban Addison is the internationally best-selling author of four novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, The Tears of Dark Water (winner of the inaugural Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize), and A Harvest of Thorns, all of which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. He is also an attorney, activist, and world traveler.
Johanna Martell joined Sustainable Westport as Co-Director in September of 2021 and hopes to leverage this experience to increase awareness and community support for Sustainable Westport’s initiatives to enable Westport to become a Net Zero community by 2050. She has over fifteen years of experience as a legal and business advisor, both in-house and at leading global law firms, with a focus on commercial real estate, corporate, tax and estate planning. Johanna holds an undergraduate degree in political economy from Princeton University and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.
Dinner Distrupted is a series created in partnership with libraries in Fairfield and New Haven County engaging patrons in collective discussions and actions focused on engaging residents to play a more active role in their food system. Imagine a future where the public grounds are a food forests, adding biodiversity to the landscape, which ultimately helps to improve air quality, regenerate the soil, aids with water conservation, and increases public health and wellbeing. Food security is defined as the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious foods. What affects food security is policy, zoning, land use, and increasingly, climate change.