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La Crosse Reads

People's Food Co-op is a sponsor of a city wide discussion of Earnest J. Gaines' book, A Lesson Before Dying.

Ernest J. Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying (1993) poses one of the most universal questions literature can ask: Knowing we’re going to die, how should we live? It’s the story of an uneducated young black man named Jefferson, accused of the murder of a white storekeeper, and Grant Wiggins, a college-educated native son of Louisiana, who teaches at a plantation school. In a little more than 250 pages, these two men named for presidents discover a friendship that transforms at least two lives.


PFC is proud to be a supporter of the first annual La Crosse Reads. With help from grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, UW-L and the La Crosse Public Library have partnered to bring the novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines to our community to read and discuss.

La Crosse Reads will bring several guest speakers to town in February and March 2017 and sponsor several small-group discussions of the book, including ones hosted at People's Food Co-op. Ask PFC—La Crosse Member Services Manager Linda Riddle or Peter Gorski in produce for more details, or check out the website at