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Open Book series moves Ian McEwan’s talk to larger venue

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

The Open Book, the university’s popular new community read series, has moved writer Ian McEwan’s talk Wednesday, April 11, to the School of Law Auditorium as a result of public interest.

McEwan will discuss and read from his novel “Atonement,” from 6 to 7 p.m. The event, which includes a book signing, is free and open to the public. On Monday, April 9, Elise Blackwell, an associate professor of English, will give a talk about the novel at 6 p.m. in USC’s Hollings Library. Her talk also is free.

“The interest in the Open Book has been remarkable,” said Blackwell, who directs the MFA program in creative writing and hosts the series. “Although registration for the series is full, we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to hear Ian McEwan by moving his appearance to a larger venue.”

Blackwell said McEwan is widely considered to be England’s greatest living novelist. He has been a finalist for the Man Booker Prize numerous times, winning the Booker for “Amsterdam.” His novel “Atonement” received the WH Smith Literary Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award, the Los Angeles Times Prize and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel and was adapted into a feature film. Writer John Updike called the novel “A staggering book – something no American could have published.”

McEwan’s talk will conclude the inaugural installment of the Open Book series, which has featured talks by Colum McCann, Luis Alberto Urrea, Ann Patchett and Jeffrey Eugenides. More information about the series is available at the Open Book website.

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Posted: 04/02/12 @ 12:20 PM | Updated: 04/11/12 @ 3:04 PM | Permalink



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