Freshman Reading Program

Cover for the book Pig Candy by Lise Funderburg

September 25, 2012 — As Drexel’s Freshman Reading Program enters into its ninth year, incoming first-year students are gearing up to discuss their summer reading assignment, a memoir entitled Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home, in their English 101 classes.

Pig Candy is a memoir about an ailing father’s final trip from Philadelphia to his hometown in Georgia. As author Lise Funderburg says on her website, “essentially, it’s a book about life, death, and barbecue.” One Book, One Philadelphia author Edwidge Danticat describes Pig Candy as “a candid and moving memoir of a daughter’s deep love for her father both when he is most difficult to love and impossible not to.”

In tandem with the reading assignment, students are also encouraged to participate in a writing contest, prompted by the author herself. Contest winners and runners-up will be invited to take part in an intimate master class where they’ll meet and work with the author face-to-face. Contest submissions due by October 8, 2012.

Funderburg will be on campus October 23, 2012 for the master class, as well as a lecture and book signing.

Tuesday, October 23rd
  • 2:00-3:30PM: Master Class with contest winners and runners-up
  • 5:00-6:30PM: Lecture about Pig Candy and Book Signing in Main Auditorium
Author Lise Funderburg

Lise Funderburg’s many publications include the highly regarded book, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity, as well as scores of articles in publications including The New York TimesWashington PostPhiladelphia Inquirer, SalonThe Nation, and Prevention. Funderburg won a 2003 Nonfiction Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and she teaches creative writing at various universities. In addition, she is a regular contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine and has written a book about the Broadway musical The Color Purple.

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