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Drexel's Writer's Room receives a Big Read Grant from the NEA

July 29, 2016

This September, Drexel's Writers Room, a literary arts program designed to bring the Drexel community and its neighboring residents together, will use Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God as the basis for a series events supported by a NEA Big Read grant.

Cover image of the book 'Their Eyes were Watching God'

Writers Room will partner with The Free Library of Philadelphia as well as other partners across the city to use both writing and art to create a community from a wide range of people throughout Philadelphia. Events will vary from book discussions and writing sessions to a second line parade through campus and a demonstration of soul food cooking by Drexel Alum chef Brian Lofink.

Get started reading now, as events begin the week of September 19th. The Libraries has copies of the book available and if those are checked out you can request a copy from another library through EZ Borrow. Make sure you get a chance to read the novel that Hurston based on her own life before the programming starts.

Go here to find out more about the NEA Big Read and Their Eyes Were Watching God or visit Drexel's news site to read the official annoucement of Big Read in Philadelphia. Events at Drexel and in Philadelphia begin the week of September 19th.