Literary Evening With Ha Jin

South Carolina Humanities and the South Carolina State Library will present acclaimed author Ha Jin on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Museum. The program is free and open to the public and is presented as a special literary event in a series of programs honoring the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Ha Jin is a Chinese-American poet and novelist who has won many awards, including the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, three Pushcart Prizes, a Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiection, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. His acclaimed novel War Trash was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.

SC Humanities and the South Carolina State Library are partnering to bring Ha Jin to Columbia for a public lecture and book signing. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Museum (301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201) in the Vista Room. Light refreshments will be served from 6:00 – 6:30, and the lecture will be at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale following the lecture.

SC Humanities received a major grant from the Pulitzer Prize Board to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative. In partnership with SCETV and the USC College of Information and Communications, SC Humanities produced three half-hour programs honoring Pulitzer Prize winners from South Carolina that will air on SCETV in May: “Celebrating Pulitzer Commentary with Kathleen Parker and Jim Hoagland” airs Thursday, May 5; “Celebrating Pulitzer Public Service Journalism withThe (Charleston, SC) Post and Courier‘” airs Thursday, May 12, and Celebrating Pulitzer Novelist Julia Peterkin,” airs Thursday, May 19. More information is available here:

SC Humanities is pleased to partner with the South Carolina State Library to bring the acclaimed author and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Ha Jin, to South Carolina during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 22-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.

The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state’s libraries. In 1969, as the result of action by the General Assembly, the State Library Board was redesignated as the South Carolina State Library and assumed responsibility for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Library is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other sources.