Prendergast Library To Host Author, Former Resident

Novelist, playwright and blogger Mark W. Sasse will visit Prendergast Library at 6 p.m. Friday, to present dramatic readings from his works, give away a copy of one of his books, and answer questions from the audience.

Sasse and his wife, who is from Jamestown, have lived in both Jamestown and Lakewood. A native of Butler, Pa., Sasse spent 10 years in Vietnam and now lives on the tropical island of Penang, Malaysia.

This is his first trip back to Jamestown since publishing his first two novels, “Beauty Rising” in 2012, and “The Recluse Storyteller” in 2013.

His latest novel, “The Reach of the Banyan Tree,” was just released July 1. He describes it as “a combination of contemporary love story and historical fiction, set against the exotic backdrop of 20th century Vietnam.”

“I would love to introduce my works to Jamestown. I also teach drama, so I’d love to do some dramatic readings from my works,” he said.

The author earned a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degrees in humanities and teaching English as a second language. He is also an avid playwright who has written and produced 11 full-length theatrical productions. At the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival, one of his works was named Best Script last year, and another won the Audience Choice Award in 2012.

Sasse’s Prendergast appearance is free and open to the public. Book copies will be available to purchase. The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.