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Lise Funderburg | Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents with Leland Cheuk, Donna Masini, and Lauren Grodstein

Wed, November 20, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Independence Library

Cost: FREE

A masterful collection of new essays, Apple, Tree follows twenty-five writers as they explore a trait they’ve inherited from a parent, reflecting on how it affects the lives they lead today—how it shifts their relationship to that parent (sometimes posthumously) and to their sense of self. Editor Lise Funderburg, a writer, editor, and lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, has featured work in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Salon. Her latest book is Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home and her collection of oral histories, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity, has become a core text in the study of American multiracial identity in college courses around the world.

She will be joined by four contributing authors:

Donna Masini, teacher in the MFA Creative Writing program at Hunter College, is the author of three books of poems—4:30 Movie, Turning to Fiction, That Kind of Danger—and a novel, About Yvonne. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Poetry, APR, Best American Poetry 2015;

Leland Cheuk, a MacDowell Colony and Hawthornden Castle Fellow, is the author of the story collection Letters from Dinosaurs and the novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong. His newest novel is No Good Very Bad Asian.

Lauren Grodstein, who directs the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything.  Her latest novel is Our Short History

S. Bear Bergman is a writer, storyteller, educator, activist and the founder and publisher of Flamingo Rampant, which makes feminist, culturally-diverse children’s picture books about LGBT2Q+ kids and families. He writes creative non-fiction for grownups, fiction for children, resolutely factual features for various publications, the advice column Asking Bear, and was the co-editor along with Kate Bornstein of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. 

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