- Nationally acclaimed author Josephine Humphreys, whose novel “Rich in Love” is the summer reading for Wofford College’s first-year students, will be on campus on Thursday, Sept. 20, for The Novel Experience convocation at 11 a.m. and a reading at 7:30 p.m. The convocation will be held in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building, and the reading will be in McMillan Theater in the Campus Life Building.
Humphrey’s novel “Rich in Love” was the selection assigned to first-year Wofford students for The Novel Experience, an innovative program that brings the author of the assigned book to campus to interact with students. This is the sixth year for the program. Previous authors have been Charles Johnson (“Middle Passages”), Geraldine Brooks (“Year of Wonders”) Orson Scott Card (“Ender’s Game”), Ha Jin (“Waiting”) and Larry Heinemann (“Paco’s Story”).
Set in Mount Pleasant, S.C., “Rich in Love” is about Lucille Odom, a 17-year-old girl who comes home from school one day to discover that her mother has left to “start a second life.” The novel was made into a major motion picture in 1993.
All incoming members of the Class of 2011 are reading “Rich in Love” over the summer, and will join with their Humanities Sections as part of orientation at local restaurants to discuss the book. Each student will write an essay concerning the novel, and one essay from each section will be selected for publication in a book to be distributed at the convocation.
Humphreys was born in Charleston, S.C., and currently lives on Sullivan’s Island with her husband, Tom Hutcheson. In addition to “Rich in Love,” her other novels include “Dreams of Sleep” (1983), winner of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, “The Fireman’s Fair” (1991) and “Nowhere Else on Earth” (2000).
The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lyndhurst Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, Humphreys has taught creative writing at Duke, Yale and the University of Texas.