University of South Carolina

Get ‘Caught in the Creative Act’ March 14 - April 13

New York Times columnist Gail Collins, novelist Ginnah Howard, investigative reporter Richard Rubin and noted memoirists David Shields and John Thorndike are the featured writers in the 10th annual “Caught in the Creative Act,” one of the University of South Carolina’s most popular literary offerings for the community.

The series, which runs Monday and Wednesday evenings March 14 - April 13, is led by Carolina Distinguished Professor Emerita of English Janette Turner Hospital and is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Participants read five books by nationally acclaimed authors, attend a lecture on each book by Hospital, then hear each book’s author talk about his or her work.

Sessions will take place from 6 - 7 p.m. in USC’s Gambrell Hall auditorium, and the series is free. Participants can attend one or all sessions, but registration is required to be guaranteed a seat. After each reading, the writers will sign books.

Registration information, author biographies and a full course schedule are available on the website:

This year, distinguished local experts will join two of the writers to discuss the relevance of the authors’ work to South Carolina.

USC historian Dr. Walter Edgar will join Rubin for a discussion of his book, “Confederacy of Silence,” which deals with race relations in Mississippi during the latter part of 20th century. Supreme Court Justice Jean Toal will join Collins for a discussion of “When Everything Changed,” which tells the story of the trailblazing women who broke the gender barrier in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Hospital is an award-winning writer of eight novels, including “Orpheus Lost,” “Due Preparations for the Plague” and “Oyster.” Her approach to “Caught in the Creative Act” has earned high praise from previous visiting writers who have recognized the level of preparation, interest and provocative questions from CICA participants.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 03/04/11 @ 5:30 PM | Updated: 03/10/11 @ 3:12 PM | Permalink