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‘Ender’s Game’ author Card speaks at Wofford

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

SPARTANBURG, SC – Orson Scott Card, author of “Ender’s Game,” made two appearances on the Wofford College campus on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Card spoke at “The Novel Experience” convocation on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Wofford’s Main Building. He also did a reading at 7:30 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium.

Card’s book was the selection for “The Novel Experience” freshman reading program this year. All incoming freshmen read the book over the summer, and joined their Humanities sections as part of orientation/start of school at a local restaurant to discuss the book. Each student wrote an essay, answering a question related to the book. One essay from each Humanities section was selected and will be published in a book, to be distributed at Tuesday’s convocation.

“Ender’s Game” and its sequel, “Speaker of the Dead,” earned Card the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel two years in a row, in 1986 and 1987 – the first time an author had achieved such an honor. Card went on to publish the third and fourth novels in the series, “Xenocide” and “Children of the Mind,” and later published a parallel series consisting of “Ender’s Shadow,” “Shadow of the Hegemon,” and “Shadow Puppets.”

Card’s prolific work has been translated into many languages, including Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. A dozen of his plays have been produced in regional theater, and he has written hundreds of audio plays and a dozen scripts for animated video plays for the family market.

Card, a native of Richland, Wash., has written two books on writing: “Character and Viewpont” and “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy,” the latter of which won a Hugo Award in 1991. He has taught writing courses, including his Literacy Bootcamp at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Utah Valley State University, and a novel-writing course at Pepperdine. He also has taught in such workshops as Antioch, Clarion, Clarion West, Seton Hall and the Cape Code Writers Workshop.

He received degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. He and his wife, Kristine, live in Greensboro.

This is the third year for the innovative “Novel Experience” program, which brings the author of the freshman reading book onto campus to interact with the students. Previous authors who have participated are Charles Johnson, author of “Middle Passages,” and Geraldine Brooks, author of “Year of Wonders.”