Newberry College to Host Gerding Visiting Author Peter S. Beagle

February 24, 2012

NEWBERRY, S.C.- Award winning author Peter S. Beagle, most famous for his prizewinning fantasy novels, A Fine & Private Place and The Last Unicorn, will present a public reading at the Newberry Opera House Mar. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

While in Newberry, Beagle will also meet with a Newberry College English class currently reading his novel A Fine & Private Place. He will meet the class at 10:00 a.m. Mar. 2 in the Alumni Music Center’s West Memorial Recital Hall. Beagle’s visit is part of Newberry College’s Gerding Visiting Author series.

Beagle’s classic works have not only earned him millions of fans around the world, but also a 2011 World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Some of his other notable works Tamsin, The Innkeeper’s Song, and Two Hearts.

Beagle has also written numerous teleplays and screenplays, including the animated versions of The Lord of the Rings, The Last Unicorn, and the fan-favorite “Sarek” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. 

A New York Times Book Review said, “Peter S. Beagle has both opulence of imagination and mastery of style.”

Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods, said “For over forty years, Peter S. Beagle has been the gold standard of fantasy, one of the most elegant and genuine writers of fantastic fiction out there. His stories are jewels. In Japan they declare their finest, most irreplaceable artists national treasures, and if there was any justice in the world Peter S. Beagle would be declared a treasure and be left alone to get on with making magic.”

Beagle is currently working on a magical realist novel titled Summerlong, a collection of Schmendrick stories to be called Green-eyed Boy, and a new collection of six unicorn tales based on different mythological traditions from around the world.

Admission to the public reading at the Newberry Opera House is free for Newberry College students and $10 for non-students. This is a Fine Arts and Lecture Event.

For more information, please contact Warren Moore at or 803-321-5192. 

About Newberry College: A private, residential, co-educational, college with a diverse student population, Newberry College offers baccalaureate degrees in 24 majors, 31 minors, and 27 areas of concentration. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, the college is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music. The college has a radio and television station, and offers 15 NCAA Division II sports. In the recent 2012 ranking of the Best Colleges in U.S. News & World Report, Newberry College placed in the top tier of regional colleges in the South. For more information, visit

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