KWU Alumna/Author to Read at Ad Astra June 7

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Author Marlene Lee reads from a book

KWU Alumna and Author Marlene Loyd Lee to hold book reading Sat. June 7

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7 p.m., Kansas Wesleyan University alumna and board member Marlene Loyd Lee will read from and be available to sign her two latest works of fiction, the novel Rebecca’s Road and the newly released Scoville, at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House, 141 N. Santa Fe in Salina. For the book reading gathering, she will be introduced by Dr. Damon Kraft, assistant professor of English and the English Department Chair for KWU.

Lee is also the author of the novel The Absent Woman. Lee’s poems and essays have appeared in the Indiana Review, Orange County Illustrated, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Rebecca’s Road, Lee’s second book, tells the story of Rebecca, a sheltered woman who has just turned 50 and wants to discover herself. With her trust money and the consent of her father, she sets off to learn about life and love.

Scoville features three mystery novellas in a single volume, and is published by Gray Cells Press, the mystery imprint of Lee’s publisher, Holland House Books in England. There are mysteries everywhere, even in a quiet place like Brooks Beach. Detective Scoville of the Sheriff’s office might be the most intriguing mystery of them all.

Raised in Missouri, Lee is a 1961 graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, the same town where as a child she would often visit her grandparents, Dr. Perry and Mabel Loyd.

Following her graduation from KWU, Lee worked as an assistant instructor at the University of Kansas while earning a Master of Arts degree there, taught school at Salina High School, and in San Francisco, and served as a court reporter in New York City for ten years. At age 72, in 2012, Lee received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brooklyn College. She retired to Columbia, MO, where she currently resides. 

Lee has a blog called “writing from where I live” (