Retired educator Jan Lovell will review “In The Sanctuary of Outcasts,” the memoirs of magazine publisher Neil White.
The review will be given at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 Hazel St. Door prizes and refreshments will be furnished. The public is invited to attend, according to a news release.
A member of First Baptist Church, Lovell is a graduate of Rison High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in vocational education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a master’s degree in adult education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, according to the release.
Lovell and her husband, Dale Lovell, have been married for 50 years. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
She taught 11 years at Southeast Arkansas College and two years at the women’s unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction. She retired in 2015.
Lovell also teaches a Sunday School class at Trinity Village and volunteers for the Upward Basketball games with her husband.
The book Lovell will review, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” tells about the author, Neil White, who following conviction for bank fraud and check kiting, spent a year in the isolated 100-year-old minimum security prison at Carville, LA., which was housed in the last leper colony in mainland America, according to the news release.
“His fascinating memoir reflects on the sizable group of lepers living alongside the prisoners, social outcasts among the motley crew of mob types and killers,” according to the release.
“White introduces the reader to an excellent supporting cast in his imprisonment: Father Reynolds, the peerless monk; Mr. Flowers, the no nonsense case manager; Anne, the sorrowful mother with leprosy whose baby was taken from her arms; and Ella, his favorite-the Earth Mother with wisdom to spare from her nearly 70 years spent among the inmates,” according to the release.