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Centenary College Presents Book Signing and Second Installment of Library Lecture Series

04/14/2014, 10:51 AM

Hackettstown, N.J.- Centenary College’s Taylor Memorial Library is proud to host author Jenny Milchman as she presents her newest novel, “Ruin Falls,” followed by a book signing at 3 p.m. Following this event, Dr. Noah Haiduc-Dale will take part in the second installment of the Library’s Lecture Series as he presents “Conflict and Cooperation in Muslim-Christian Relations” at 7 p.m. Both events will take place on Wednesday, April 23 in Centenary College’s Taylor Memorial Library and are open to the public, as well as members of Centenary College’s staff and students.

Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from the Hudson River Valley of New York State. She published her debut novel, “Cover of Snow” through Ballantine/Random House in January 2013. Reviews have called her novel “fascinating,” “suspenseful” and “the stuff of great thrillers.” Milchman has published numerous short stores, including “The Closet,” “The Very Old Man” and “Black Sun on Tupper Lake.” As the Chair of International Thriller Writers’ Debut Authors Program, she developed Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated in all 50 states as well as four foreign countries and over 700 bookstores. Milchman also teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop and Arts by the People.

With rave reviews of “Cover of Snow,” her follow-up novel, “Ruin Falls,” is sure to be a page-turner! As Milchman begins her tale, readers meet Liz Daniels; her 8-year-old son, Reid; 6-year-old daughter Ally; and her husband, Paul, who decides that a visit to his parents’ farm in western New York State would be pleasant despite their strained relationship. When the family stops at a hotel for the night, Liz cannot shake her lingering anxieties, only to find that in the morning her fears have come true: Ally and Reid are missing. The police are called, an Amber Alert is sent out, but still the children cannot be found, and as they wrap up their investigation, Liz discovers who has stolen her children and embarks on a suspenseful journey to reclaim her family. Milchman writes: “From her guarded in-laws’ unwelcoming farmhouse to the deep woods of her hometown, Liz follows the threads of a terrible secret to uncover a hidden world created from dreams and haunted by nightmares.”

Copies of her book are available for purchase that day.

“We are very excited to have such a talented writer visit our library,” says Timothy Domick, Director of the Taylor Memorial Library. “I am proud to offer such exciting and educational opportunities for our students, especially when our students are encouraged to engage themselves in literature.”

Following Jenny Milchman’s presentation, Taylor Memorial Library is proud to host the second installment of its Library Lecture Series: “Conflict and Cooperation in Muslim-Christian Relations” by Dr. Noah Haiduc-Dale. Dr. Haiduc-Dale is a historian and holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Middle Eastern Studies and History, as well as a Master of Arts from the University of Arizona in Near Eastern Studies, a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University in English Language and Literature, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College in English and Philosophy with a minor in Religion. His publications include the recent monograph “Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine: Communalism & Nationalism, 1917-1948” (Edinburgh University Press, 2013).  He is an Assistant Professor of History at Centenary College.

“We are honored to host Dr. Haiduc-Dale in our Library Lecture Series,” says Domick. “As communication grows to a global level, it is very important to learn about the varying cultures we encounter not only to promote understanding and acceptance, but to comprehend the significance of intercultural relations across the globe. I look forward to Dr. Haiduc-Dale’s lecture and its relevance to current global events.”

For more information, please contact Taylor Memorial Library at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2345.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.