University’s ‘Caught in the Creative Act’ course kicks off with Josephine Humphreys

September 30, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – September 30, 2008 – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Josephine Humphreys is among the writers who will participate in the fall installment of “Caught in the Creative Act: Writers Talk about their Writing.”

The University of South Carolina course, a popular series of readings and lectures given by well-known writers, will take place from 5:45 – 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 13 – Nov. 19, in Gambrell Hall auditorium.

On Oct. 13, Janette Turner Hospital will give a lecture on Humphreys’ best-known novel, “Rich in Love.” On Wednesday Oct. 15, Humphreys, a Charleston native, will discuss her writing and read from her novel. Humphreys won the Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, the Lyndhurst Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

The course is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, send name and address to Janette Turner Hospital by mail, e-mail or fax. Contact information is as follows: “Caught in the Creative Act,” department of English, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; fax 803-777-9064; email [email protected].

The lineup of writers also will include Daniel Mendelsohn (Oct. 22), Richard Ford (Oct. 29), Valerie Miner (Nov.5), Sophie Gee (Nov. 12) and Jane Hamilton (Nov. 19).

Mendelsohn will talk about “Lost,” his international bestseller that tells the story of his search to learn about the fates of family members who died in the Holocaust. Ford, also a Pulitzer Prize winner, will discuss his 2006 novel, “Lay of the Land,” part of his series featuring protagonist Frank Bascombe. Miner will talk about her latest novel, “After Eden.” Gee will discuss her 2007 book, “The Scandal of the Season,” a fictionalized account of the story behind Alexander Pope’s 1712 poem, “The Rape of the Lock.” Hamilton will discuss her second novel, “A Map of the World,” an international bestseller, Oprah Book Club pick and movie.

This is the seventh year of “Caught in the Creative Act,” an undergraduate honors course open to the larger community. The format calls for students and community participants to read a variety of novels, short-story and poetry collections, memoirs and literary non-fiction. They then meet the authors, who read from their works, discuss the creative process and answer questions.

Hospital, creator of “Caught in the Creative Act,” is also an award-winning writer. Her latest novel, “Orpheus Lost,” has been named to Booklist’s Top 30 novels of the year and the American Library Association’s Best 25 Books of the Year.

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