The University of Iowa

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

November 1st, 2010

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, or visit