Scotch Plains Donor Center To Feature Renowned Author

SCOTCH PLAINS — The book club at the New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) donor room in Scotch Plains will be discussing The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane with New York Times Bestselling Author Katherine Howe on Wednesday, Aug. 4. The public is invited to join the discussion about this hypnotic tale of the supernatural.

NJBS is asking that anyone eligible to donate blood do so during this time when supplies are dangerously low in area hospitals. Anyone who donates and is interested in reading The Physick Book prior to the event, can pick up a free copy when donating.


The book, which USA Today says will leave the reader “spellbound” and the Denver Post calls a “page turner that the characters, not the plot, dominate,” tells the story of a woman’s discovery of her own connection to the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials in 1681.

Katherine Howe, who herself is a resident of Massachusetts, will be visiting the donor center while on an east coast book tour. In addition to the book club discussion with the author, a reception catered by Clyne & Murphy of Westfield, will open the event at 6 p.m.

“Over the past year, the NJ Blood Center donor room has become a hub for area residents to meet,” said NJBS Director of Donor Recruitment & Retention Marie Forrestal. “We are so pleased that Katherine Howe will be making a personal appearance at our state-of-the-art facility. Perhaps her presence will draw attention to our donor room and what we do in our mission to collect blood and save lives.”

The donor room located at 2279 in Scotch Plains, also exhibits the works of local artists in the South Avenue Gallery within. Presently, the Teens Art Exhibit of Union County is on display and is open to the public to view, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays until noon. Visitors viewing the exhibit are also encouraged to take the time to donate blood.

Or to make an appointment to donate, eligible persons can call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) or to visit At this time there is a need for O negative blood which is universal and can be transfused into other blood types.

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