On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Cormac McCarthy will be recognized in a ceremony at Knoxville Catholic High School, his alma mater. KCHS graduates David Valencia and Eric Theodore will present a plaque honoring the author and a charcoal drawing of McCarthy’s high school senior photograph, both of which will be hung in the school’s library.
This event represents the culmination of a student-led campaign to honor McCarthy at KCHS, which Valencia and Theodore began in 2010 with the Cormac McCarthy Club. The ceremony has been tentatively set for 1:00 p.m.
For those of you who may have missed it, The Wittliff Collections has a new exhibit, Cormac McCarthy: Unveiling a Literary Legend, that opened on September 3. The exhibition runs through December 19. From their website:
Acclaimed as one of America’s most powerful writers, Cormac McCarthy has crafted some of the finest novels of our time, including All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and The Road, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. The Wittliff Collections draws from its extensive archive of McCarthy materials to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the meticulous creative process of this world-renowned author.
To celebrate the exhibition and the publication of Josyph’s Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy Without Walls (Southwestern Writers Collection Series, Wittliff Collections at Texas State University), the Collections will host a Reception, Performance, and Talk with Peter Josyph on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Again, from the Collections’ website:
New York-based writer, artist, actor, and filmmaker Peter Josyph left audiences spellbound when he last performed at the Wittliff Collections in 2010 as the keynote speaker for the Cormac McCarthy Society. Since then, the Wittliff published Josyph’s book Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy Without Walls (Southwestern Writers Collection Series, Wittliff Collections at Texas State University) in its literary series with the University of Texas Press. To celebrate his book and the Wittliff’s fall archives exhibition, Cormac McCarthy: Unveiling a Literary Legend, Josyph returns to dazzle and inform audiences seeking to understand the spirit of Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy. Josyph’s books will be for sale at the event courtesy of the University Bookstore, and he will sign books after the program.
For more, visit The Wittliff Collections.
Just a quick note to let you know that the Child of God Blu-Ray and DVD have been announced. Available for preorder at Amazon, which, as usual, benefits this site.
In July of this year, the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney sponsored and hosted Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Landscapes. This conference drew an international collection of scholars who presented a tremendous set of papers. Cormac McCarthy Society members and officers presented essays and keynotes, and the conference featured a series of original artworks by Peter Josyph entitled The Lost Blood Meridian Notebook. Thanks to all who made this remarkable event possible, particularly Anthony Uhlmann and Lou Jillett of the University of Western Sydney. The Cormac McCarthy Society looks forward to a long association with our colleagues in Australia.
The Cormac McCarthy Society will sponsor one to two panels at the American Literature Symposium: God and the American Writer. The conference will be held in San Antonio Texas from February 26-28, 2015. Please send one page abstracts to Steven Frye by November 1, 2014.
For those of you who haven’t been paying close attention to the Forum, you may have missed this post the other day about the test footage from James Franco’s apparently aborted film version of Blood Meridian: Or The Evening Redness in the West. The footage is here, and it includes a few remarks by Franco.
Worth mentioning: August 1 is the release date (limited, USA) for Franco’s adaptation of Child of God. (More from Franco about that project here.)
Several of our members are en route and/or have recently arrived in Sydney, Austraila for our first conference in Australia, Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Landscapes. Rick Wallach promises to blog the event here.
Also, there’s this, from The Paris Review. And while I’m at it, this also.
And finally, Cormac McCarthy turned 81 on Sunday, July 20. We wish him a belated Happy Birthday, even though not everyone around here was as belated as Your Humble Webmaster.
Stacey Peebles, editor of The Cormac McCarthy Journal, has an exciting update for us:
I’m happy to announce that beginning in 2015, The Cormac McCarthy Journal will be published by Penn State University Press, which will be a boon for us in terms of design, prestige, visibility, production assistance, and availability in libraries and databases like JSTOR. Although our upcoming 2014 issue will be published before Penn State UP takes over our hard-copy production, we have already worked together to create a website for CMJ on their journals page. Clicking “Submissions” on that site will take you to our new online submissions website for the journal. Although I’m still happy to field inquiries from my gmail address as I’ve done in the past, I’ll now direct submissions to the website, as well as use the site for readers’ reports as much as possible. We also have a new email address specifically for the journal.
Access to previously published articles will soon be available through JSTOR (and hopefully MUSE) links on our Penn State UP website. When those links have been established, we’ll take down our old journal website, which has been hosted by the Texas Digital Library.
Members of The Cormac McCarthy Society who pay for “Membership with Journal” will continue to receive a subscription at no extra cost, and Penn State UP will handle subscriptions for non-member individuals as well as institutions.
This has all been possible because the community of McCarthy scholars has produced such great work over the years, and because there’s so much still to be done! Thanks to everyone who has supported CMJ by submitting work, commenting on others’ essays, subscribing, and reading with interest. Here’s to keeping the critical conversation going!
Society member Wes Morgan, our resident Knoxville expert, tells us that John Hannifin passed away on April 25, and he was interred yesterday at Calvary Cemetery.
Fans of Suttree may remember Hannifin as Big Frig; he appears a few times in the novel. See pages 192 and 456 in the Vintage edition.
You can view the obituary here.
Thanks to Peter Josyph for the image that accompanies this piece.
Since I can’t make our forums run in reverse chronological order, I’ve added pagination so that you won’t have to scroll through all the posts to get to the end.
It’s a simple solution, and it may not work, but please let me know if it’s an improvement.
I have also (just now) added some limited last post read functionality. I’ll probably be playing with that over the next few weeks, but notice the little arrow to the right of each topic. That means you have unread posts there. Play around and see how it works for you.
I’m looking to add a mark all topics read button or the like, but not sure how that works just yet.