Great news for people who see Charleston standing at the cusp of a full-on literary renaissance: bestselling author, Oprah darling, and Charleston prodigal son Bret Lott will be returning to a full-time, permanent professorship this fall at the College of Charleston, where he’ll resume teaching creative writing — and putting an additional luster on the Lowcountry’s roster of nationally recognized writers.

Lott taught creative writing and literature at the College from 1986—2004. During that time he established the department’s minor in creative writing and wrote a passel of novels, including The Man Who Owned Vermont, A Stranger’s House, Reed’s Beach and The Hunt Club. In January 1999, Oprah selected Lott’s most recent book, Jewel, for her book club. Suddenly, Lott’s books were flying off shelves across the country and the laconic Vermont native was a household name for soccer moms everywhere.

Lott left the College in 2004 to become editor of The Southern Review and teach at Louisiana State University. It’s nice to know he’ll be back where he belongs come September. —PS