MADISON, N.J.—A series of public readings by highly acclaimed authors will be held at Drew University from July 29 to August 2. Five writers will make public appearances on those dates after leading lectures and workshops as part of Drew’s Sentences 5 conference, which teaches participants the finer points of the fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir and journalism genres.

The schedule of public readings is as follows (subject to change):

  • Monday, July 29, 5:00 p.m., Wendel Room, Mead Hall: Ron Felber G’07, a former law enforcement official whose articles for True Detective launched his career as an author. Felber has written eight books, including Il Dottore, The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor, which inspired the television series The Mob Doctor. His latest work, A Man of Indeterminate Value, was published by Barricade Books earlier this year.
  • Tuesday, July 30, 5:00 p.m., Wendel Room, Mead Hall: Award-winning poet Loren Kleinman ‘03 has published works in Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine, Aesthetica Annual and other literary journals. With ten years of writing and editorial experience, she has also contributed to trade and commercial magazines like Premier Romance, Bonita Magazine, Premiere Hotels, Premiere Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Travel Agent Magazine, Newark Council Monitor, The New Writer and Open Wide Magazine (UK).
  • Wednesday, July 31, 5:00 p.m., Wendel Room, Mead Hall: Former Peace Corps volunteer Mark Jacobs G’83,’87 spent 18 years in the Foreign Service working in Latin America, Turkey and Spain. He has published over 80 short stories in commercial and literary magazines including The Atlantic and The Iowa Review. His novels include Stone Cowboy, A Handful of Kings and Forty Wolves.
  • Thursday, August 1, 5:00 p.m., Wendel Room, Mead Hall: Gloria Rojas’ ‘89 career in journalism includes serving as a general assignment reporter whose coverage ranges from what she describes as “the trivial and amusing to the [overwhelmingly] tragic.” In the early 1980s, she covered the beginnings of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and early research on DNA. She has also interviewed and written about world leaders, including Israeli Ambassador Abba Eban and King Faisal of Saudia Arabia.
  • Friday, August 2, 5:00 p.m., Room 210, Seminary Hall: New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass G’02 has written 14 novels for young people, which have been nominated for 61 state book awards and translated into 14 languages. A Mango-Shaped Space is a past winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award. In addition to her other popular books, Mass wrote for the hit TV show Monk, most notably being credited with the storyline for Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater, which aired during season two.

For more information about public readings that are part of Sentences 5, please visit http://depts.drew.edu/grad/sentences/home.html.

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