“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.
This is the eighth year of “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.
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. Her previous novel, “Due Preparations for the Plague,” earned Hospital 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.
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.
For more information about “Caught in the Creative Act,” visit the Web site: http://www.cas.sc.edu/cica/. In addition to biographical sketches on each author and the schedule, the Web site features video from previous year’s readings, including one by Salman Rushdie.