News Release

Britney Gulledge,
Public Relations Associate
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Authors bring a taste of freedom to Wilmington University

Pulitzer prize winner Daniel R. Biddle will be speaking at Wilmington University on his critically-acclaimed book, “Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America,” written with Murray Dubin.

The book signing will take place February 6, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pratt Student Center on the New Castle campus. Food and beverages will be provided. The campus bookstore has copies of the book available for purchase prior to the signing event.

In honor of Black History Month, the Robert C. and Dorothy M. Peoples Library, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Student Life Department are sponsoring the event as a “meet and greet” with the author that will lead to discussion of the book with students and other attendees. Biddle and Dubin have written a compelling biography of Octavius Catto, “Philadelphia’s best kept secret,” that paints a vivid picture of Civil War America and, in particular, Philadelphia’s rich history in the fight for civil rights.

Daniel R. Biddle, an editor with The Philadelphia Inquirer, has worked in nearly every phase of newspaper reporting and editing. His investigative stories on the courts won a Pulitzer Prize and other national awards. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania.

Murray Dubin, author of South Philadelphia: Mummers, Memories and the Melrose Diner, was a reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 34 years before retiring in 2005.

Visit the book’s website for author information, book excerpts, reviews, and more. 

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Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - New Castle, DE