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Nationally and internationally known writers talk about their writing—and the public listens—during Caught in the Creative Act.

The program is one of the most popular community offerings by the University, attracting people throughout the state to participate. Led by Carolina Distinguished Professor Janette Turner Hospital, the series features readings and lectures given by well-known writers. Sessions take place from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in Gambrell Hall Auditorium from Oct. 19 through Nov. 18.

Novelist Tom Perrotta, South Carolina writer Ron Rash, TIME magazine book critic Lev Grossman, Australian writer Jane Alison, and novelist Ceridwen Dovey will participate in the fall installment of the popular series of readings and lectures given by well-known writers.

This is the eighth year for Caught in the Creative Act, an undergraduate honors course that is 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.

“Authors love Caught in the Creative Act, which has led to its reputation as one of the best authors series around,” Hospital said. “Both E.L. Doctorow and Richard Ford, who are both used to huge audiences, said they had never experienced, as authors, anything as thrilling as the Caught in the Creative Act audience, where everyone had read and thought about their books and had prepared pleasingly fresh and provocative questions for them.”

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, including Salman Rushdie, Stanley Crouch, E.L. Doctorow, Susan Vreeland, and Josephine Humphreys.

Hospital, creator of the program, 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. Her previous novel, Due Preparations for the Plague, earned her the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction in 2003 and the Davitt Award for Best Crime Novel by an Australian Woman in 2003 by Sisters of Crime, one of Australia’s largest literary societies.

Posted: 10/30/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 06/09/10 @ 3:48 PM | Permalink