"Gardens of Water" author Alan Drew to speak Nov. 7

Alan Drew, author of “Gardens of Water,” the book chosen for the 2010 “One Community, One Book” project, will speak Sunday, Nov. 7, in C20 Pomerantz Center at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Gardens of Water” is the story of two families and two faiths in Turkey during and after a massive earthquake near Istanbul. A devout Muslim family and an American Christian family must co-exist in a large refugee camp when the apartment building where both families lived is destroyed.

Drew lived and taught in Turkey during the earthquake and its aftermath. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and faculty member of Villanova University’s English department in Pennsylvania. His talk will be followed by a book signing and books will be available for purchase at the event.

The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR), a part of International Programs, sponsors “One Community, One Book.” The project encourages people to read and discuss the selected book, which develops a greater community awareness of human rights issues locally, nationally and globally.

For more information, contact Joan Nashelsky at 319-335-3900 or joan-nashelsky@uiowa.edu, or visit www.uichr.org.