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S.C. novelist Rash to open ‘Caught in the Creative Act’ series

South Carolina author Ron Rash will open this year’s “Caught in the Creative Act,” the University of South Carolina’s popular series of readings and lectures given by well-known writers, which begins Monday, Oct. 19.

“Caught in the Creative Act” is a course for people in the community to read books and discuss them as a class with Carolina Distinguished Professor Janette Turner Hospital and then attend a lecture two days later featuring the writer. Sessions will take place from 5:45 - 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in Gambrell Hall auditorium.

The series runs through Nov. 18. The course is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Proof of registration is required for entrance. Because of the popularity of the authors, early arrival is encouraged.

To register for upcoming sessions, send name and address to Janette Turner Hospital by mail, email or fax. Contact information: “Caught in the Creative Act,” department of English, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; fax 803-777-9064; email

The first book in the series is Rash’s most recent novel, “Serena.” Turner Hospital will discuss the book Oct. 19 before Rash speaks Wednesday, Oct. 21. A native of Chester Springs, Rash is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. In 1994, he published his first book, a collection of short stories, titled “The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth.” Since then, Rash has published three collections of poetry, three short-story collections and four novels, all to wide critical acclaim.

Rounding out this year’s series will be novelist Ceridwen Dovey, “Blood Kin” (Oct. 28); Time Magazine Book Critic Lev Grossman, “The Magicians” (Nov. 4); novelist Tom Perrotta, “Little Children” (Nov. 11); and novelist Jane Alison, “The Sisters Antipodes” (Nov. 18). Allison will replace naturalist Terry Tempest Williams, author of “Finding Beauty in a Broken World,” who has had to cancel because of health concerns. For more information on each of the authors, visit the “Caught in the Creative Act” Web site:

“Caught in the Creative Act” has brought many award-winning authors to campus, including Nobel laureate Derek Walcott; Pulitzer and/or National Book Award winners Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Ford, Robert Pinksy, Richard Rhodes, Robert Olen Butler and Geraldine Brooks; Commonwealth Prize winner Shauna Singh Baldwin; and many other distinguished writers, from Salman Rushdie and Stanley Crouch to E.L. Doctorow, Susan Vreeland and Josephine Humphreys.

Hospital, creator of “Caught in the Creative Act,” is also an award-winning writer. Her latest novel, “Orpheus Lost,” was named to Booklist’s Top 30 novels of the year and the American Library Association’s Best 25 Books of the Year. Hospital grew up in Queensland, Australia, and taught at universities in Australia, Canada, England, France and the United States before joining the English department as a distinguished writer-in-residence, a post previously held by the late James Dickey.

'Caught in the Creative Act'

  • What: Popular course that includes reading and discussing books with the authors
  • When: Weekly, from Oct. 19 - Nov. 18
  • Where: Gambrell Hall auditorium

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Posted: 10/08/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/08/09 @ 4:58 PM | Permalink