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Fall Literary Festival to feature three international authors


Author Susan Orlean, novelist Colson Whitehead and Scottish poet Robert Crawford will be the featured writers at the University’s annual Fall Literary Festival.

All three will read from their works and sign books. The events, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. in the Program Room of the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library. Orlean will be featured Oct. 19, Whitehead will be featured Oct. 28, and Crawford will be featured Nov. 11.

The Fall Literary Festival, formerly the Fall Festival of Authors, is sponsored by the Department of English and the Thomas Cooper Library. For more information, go to the web site- or call the library at 803-777-3847.

Orlean is the author of seven books including The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award-nominated movie titled Adaptation. Orlean’s other titles include: My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People, Saturday Night, Throw Me a Bone, and Red Sox and Bluefish. She wrote all her books while working at The New Yorker. She is currently finishing work on a biography of the dog “actor” Rin Tin Tin.

Whitehead’s debut novel, The Intuitionist, received widespread praise for its quirky and imaginative writing and complex allegories of race. The Intuitionist won the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award and was a finalist for the Ernest Hemingway/PEN Award for First Fiction. His second novel, John Henry Days, was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Whitehead’s other titles include Apex Hides the Hurt: A Novel, Sag Harbor: A Novel, and Colossus of New York: A City in 13 Parts.

Crawford has published six collections of poetry in English including, A Scottish Assembly, Talkies, Masculinity, Spirit Machines, The Tip of My Tongue, and Full Volume. He has two dozen other publications ranging from a study of T.S. Eliot to a prizewinning history of Scottish literature and a biography of Robert Burns. He has twice won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, and four of his collections have been Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Crawford is an experienced broadcaster who has been a judge of the National Poetry Competition, the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the David Cohen Prize. Crawford is currently professor of Modern Scottish Literature at the University of St. Andrews.

Fall Literary Festival

  • What: Formerly the Fall Festival of Authors, sponsored by the Department of English and the Thomas Cooper Library
  • Who: Susan Orlean, Colson Whitehead, Robert Crawford
  • When: Oct. 19, Oct. 28 and Nov. 11
  • Where: Program Room of the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
  • Admission: Free and open to the public

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Posted: 09/23/10 @ 4:25 PM | Updated: 10/15/10 @ 8:38 AM | Permalink