Gardens of Water, Alan Drew’s first novel, has received critical acclaim, and was chosen as Pasadena’s One City/One Story, University of Iowa’s Center for Human Rights One Community/One Book, and ‘one of the best books of 2008’ by School Library Journal. It brings to life two unforgettable families–one Kurdish, one American–and the sacrifice and love that bind them together. USA Today remarks, “a remarkable first novel of people struggling to define themselves in a world that seems against them.” Professor Drew will read excerpts from both Gardens of Water and The Hidden Life, his second novel which is still in the production stage. He’ll also discuss his experiences living in Turkey and the struggles of writing a novel. Alan Drew is a professor at Villanova in the English department, where he focuses on creative writing.