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Five writers sign up for ‘Caught in the Creative Act’

Novelist Tom Perrotta, South Carolina writer Ron Rash and Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman are among the writers who will participate in the fall installment of “Caught in the Creative Act,” the popular series of readings and lectures given by well-known writers, at the University of South Carolina.

“Caught in the Creative Act” 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 will take place from 5:45 - 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in Gambrell Hall auditorium from Oct. 19 through Nov. 18.

“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.”

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 is as follows: “Caught in the Creative Act,” department of English, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; fax 803-777-9064; email jthospital@sc.edu.

In addition to Perotta, Rash and Grossman, this year’s lineup will include novelist Ceridwen Dovey and writer and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams. “Caught in the Creative Act” participants will read Rash’s “Serena,” Dovey’s “Blood Kin,” Grossman’s “The Magicians,” Perotta’s “Little Children” and Williams’ “Finding Beauty in a Broken World.” For more information on each of the authors, visit the “Caught in the Creative Act” Web site: http://www.cas.sc.edu/CICA/.

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