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2003

Author George Singleton to speak at FMU, April 14

FLORENCE, S.C. – Fiction writer George Singleton will give a public reading at Francis Marion University on Monday, April 14. The speech will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium on the FMU campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Singleton teaches writing at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. He is a native of Greenwood and now lives in Dacusville. He graduated from Furman University and subsequently earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Singleton has always been particularly attracted to towns whose names begin with “Green.”

Formerly, he taught English at FMU. His short stories have appeared in the nation’s best magazines, including “Georgia Review,” “Atlantic Monthly,” “Harper’s,” “Playboy,” “Zoetrope,” “Southern Review,” and “Book Magazine.” He has published two short story collections, “These People are Us” (Harcourt) and “The Half-Mammals of Dixie” (Algonquin Books). His third collection, under contract with Algonquin Books, is due out later this year. He is widely in demand as a guest writer.

The speech is presented by the Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU. The Hunter Chair in English Literature was established in 1991 by three sisters – Dorothy Hunter Thames Ellis, Adelle Hunter West and Hattie Costa Hunter King – as a memorial to their parents, Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter.

Mr. Hunter made his life in Marion County, was once mayor of Marion, contributed to many different organizations throughout the Pee Dee area, and operated a successful automobile dealership in Florence for 40 years. Mrs. Hunter came to Marion as a schoolteacher, was active in church work and taught Sunday School for more than 50 years. She was a charter member of several literary clubs, garden clubs and community organizations.

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Last Published: March 23, 2004 9:42 AM
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