985 Wilkes University’s Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series, which highlights the January 2019 residency for the University’s Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing Program, features debut authors and program faculty, many of whom are prize-winning authors, as guest readers. Readings are held nightly from Jan. 6-11. The week-long series will include alumni readers Sam Chiarelli, whose memoir Dig: A Personal Prehistoric Journey, was published by Books by Hippocampus, Dana Miller, whose novel Twisted Fate, was published by Northampton House Press, and Laurie Loewenstein of Baltimore, Md., whose mystery novel Death of a Rainmaker, was published by Kaylie Jones Books. Loewenstein’s book was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and Library Journal and a Best Mystery Novel of 2018 by South Florida Magazine. The January series officially welcomes adult and young adult novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard as a new member of the Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program faculty. Mitchard’s novel The Deep End of the Ocean was an Oprah’s Book Club selection and was made into a feature film. The Sunday reading will take place at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Public Square, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, and readings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will take place at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center at Wilkes University. Film night on Thursday, January 10, will be at the RC Movies 14 on Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre. A book fair, sponsored by Barnes & Noble, features books for purchase by the authors. All readings are free and open to the public. The full schedule for the week follows: At Barnes & Noble, S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre SUNDAY, Jan. 6 – 7 to 9 p.m. Bookfair begins. Opening night will feature fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry readings by program faculty and alumni. Readers include Bill Schneider, Kevin Oderman, David Poyer, Dana Miller, Lenore Hart, Christine Gelineau, Nina Solomon, and Nancy McKinley. The following readings are at Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, Wilkes University campus. The book fair continues throughout the week. MONDAY, Jan. 7 – 7 to 9 p.m. Monday’s readings include creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. Readers will be Donna Talarico, Jeff Talarigo, Mike Lennon, Sam Chiarelli, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Robert Mooney and Jacquelyn Mitchard. TUESDAY, Jan. 8 – 7 to 9 p.m. The night will feature the work of fiction, poetry and nonfiction program faculty and alumni, including Laurie Loewenstein, Kaylie Jones, Beverly Donofrio, Ronnie Stephens and Phil Brady. WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9 – 7 to 9 p.m. Playwrights night will feature faculty member Juanita Rockwell with the showing of a film and discussion of two productions of her opera backwards from Winter. The following event is at RC Movies 14 on Northampton Street in Wilkes-Barre: THURSDAY, Jan. 10 – 7 to 9 p.m. Film night will feature faculty member Susan Cartsonis, executive producer of Disney Films Freaky Friday. The film showing will be followed by a question-and-answer session. About the Wilkes University Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing Wilkes University’s Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing offers the master of arts and master of fine art degrees in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, publishing and documentary film. Program faculty are working, producing writers who mentor students one-on-one through the process of creating a full-length creative project. The Graduate Creative Writing program is offered in two formats. In the low-residency format, students learn online and attend two eight-day residencies each January and June. For the weekender program, students will learn online and attend four face-to-face weekend class sessions each term. For more information, please visit www.wilkes.edu/creativewriting or call 570-408-4527. About Wilkes University: Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 47 undergraduate majors, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.