Fall 2017 Cormac McCarthy Conference Call for Papers

The Cormac McCarthy Society invites paper proposals for its Fall 2017 Conference, to be held Sept. 1-3 in Austin, Texas.  The submission deadline is April 15, 2017.

Papers on all topics relating to the works of Cormac McCarthy, from all perspectives, are invited, including considerations of theatrical productions or film adaptations of his work, pedagogical approaches, and the relationship of McCarthy’s work to other authors or artists.

Please submit a brief abstract of the proposed paper as a Word doc or PDF by email to the Cormac McCarthy Society at McCarthyConference2017@gmail.com no later than April 15, 2017.

Proposals for complete panels are welcome as well. Please include titles and abstracts for at least three participants.

The conference will take place in the downtown Hilton hotel (500 E. 4th St.) in Austin, right in the midst of some of Austin’s best restaurants and coffee shops—not to mention other landmarks like the Alamo Drafthouse theater, the Mexic-Arte Museum, the Elephant Room jazz club, Iron Works BBQ, and Voodoo Doughnut.  The Hilton conference rate for single and double rooms (which is available from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3) is $189/night. When you’re ready to reserve a room, you can call the Hilton at 512-482-8000 and give the group code “CMC,” or you can go to this website:


Conference registration information will soon be available on cormacmccarthy.com.  We hope to see you there!

Fall 2017 Cormac McCarthy Conference

Mark your calendars!

Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3

The Hilton, 500 E. 4th St., Austin, Texas

We have finalized the date and location for our next Cormac McCarthy conference, which will take place in Austin, Texas, with events beginning Friday morning and ending mid-day on Sunday.  Some meals will be included in the registration fee of $175,* and the Hilton conference rate for single and double rooms will be $189/night.  (The room rate is available beginning on August 31st.)  When you’re ready to reserve a room, you can do so here, or call the Hilton at 512-482-8000 and give the group code “CMC.”

We’ll have more information soon about registration and the call for paper proposals, so please stay tuned!

Stacey Peebles (stacey.peebles@gmail.com), Steve Frye, and Dustin Anderson are working on the details, so be in touch with questions if you have them.

* This post previously listed the registration fee as $150, which was an error—$175 will allow us to provide more snacks and meals. Apologies!

Please Don’t Post Excerpts from The Passenger

Someone posted excerpts from The Passenger that were read at a public event last year. The event was taped, and the tape was on YouTube.

Someone took a great deal of time to compile a transcript of all the passages from the new novel and post them. After that, there are comments. Good ones, stuff we need to know as we begin unpacking that book.

While we’re appreciative of the dedication, and while we share your excitement about the book(s), we’ve always followed one simple rule: We never publish anything until McCarthy publishes it. Particularly in this case, where the punctuation and grammar are only inferred, the problems are manifold.

In addition to being a straight-up copyright violation, it’s publishing work that McCarthy has not deemed ready for written publication.

We’d ask that you respect Mr. McCarthy’s wishes and refrain from publishing large excerpts like this here and elsewhere.

Also, please remember that you published ALL that we currently have of The Passenger; that’s unacceptable.

Fair use is one thing, but respect is another.

Anyone who wishes to discuss with me privately may email me at mpriola@comcast.net.

Survey and CFP for Approaches to Teaching Cormac McCarthy

Stacey Peebles and Benjamin West are co-editing the collection Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy, a volume that will be part of the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature series.

As part of the MLA’s process, we’re now opening a survey for folks to tell us about their own teaching practices, and the survey also includes instructions about how to propose an original essay for the volume: a 500-word abstract, due by 1 May 2016.  The abstract should describe your approach or topic and explain its potential efficacy for students and instructors alike.

The survey can be found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mlasurvey_mccarthy

As the instructions in the survey explain, the abstract (as well as a short CV, please) can be emailed to Stacey and Ben at TeachingCormacMcCarthy@gmail.com.  (The survey has information about what kinds of files can be attached and how to submit by surface mail if necessary.)

Feel free to email us individually with questions if you like: stacey.peebles@gmail.com and/or westbs@delhi.edu.  We’re happy to talk in more detail about the kinds of topics that we envision for the volume.

Thanks to everyone who’s already helped us with conversation and ideas, and we hope this will make for a helpful resource in McCarthy studies.

Berlin Conference Deadline Approaches

The submission deadline for the “Berlin Conference”—Crossroads and Transgressions: Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds—is January 15.

The conference will be held at the Free University of Berlin from July 7-9, 2016. More information here, including the official Call for Papers and a List of Speakers.

Live-streaming Blood Meridian Workshop Happens Tonight

Rick Wallach posts the following on the Forum:

For the first time in Cormac McCarthy Studies the University of Warwick and IATL is live-streaming a workshop on the author’s acclaimed novel Blood Meridian. Join us on Friday 20 November from 09:45 hours GMT on live stream for an informal day with the judge.

Here’s your live link to the workshop:


Yes, 9:45 GMT is 4:45 AM EST on this side of the pond, but there are two bits of good news: (1) the symposium will be going on all day so feel free to link up once you’ve had your beauty sleep, and (2) the proceedings are being videorecorded and will be available, presumably in some edited form, at some future date if you miss it on Friday. We’ll be sure to let you know when the recorded version becomes available, too.

Josyph Added to Conference Schedule

Peter Josyph will be attending this year’s conference at the University of Memphis. He will be reading and signing at an event celebrating the launch of Webmaster Marty Priola’s new publishing venture, Priola House, and the imminent availability of a new ebook, The Wrong Reader’s Guide to Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses.

The Website isn’t up yet, but conference attendees will have the opportunity to buy, at special conference-only prices, a new broadside designed by Marty Priola and featuring art and text by Peter Josyph. The broadside, titled “How Cormac McCarthy Saved Civilization,” will be available in two editions totaling a scant 126 copies.

Final Schedule Posted for Memphis Conference

We’ve posted final schedule for the Memphis Conference.

Preliminary Memphis Conference Schedule Posted

So here it is, at last: a version of this has been on the Forum for a while, but I’ve finally gotten around to 1) editing it, and 2) creating a PDF for y’all to download.

2015 McCarthy Conference: Preliminary Schedule

Please advise should you find any mistakes so that I can correct them.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Memphis, and stay tuned to this space (soon) for some thoughts on what to do besides conference sessions while you’re here.

Memphis Conference Information Posted

Society members have already received the email containing information about our upcoming Memphis gathering, but I wanted to post a note here to let you know that we’ve posted that information on the Web site, and it’s accessible from the handy link to your right. We’ll be updating this information as things change; check back or email us with questions or concerns.