This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Cormac McCarthy’s first novel, The Orchard Keeper. To celebrate this milestone, The Cormac McCarthy Society and the Department of English at The University of Memphis will co-sponsor a conference devoted to McCarthy’s work.
Information on registration fees is forthcoming. The conference will be held on campus in the University Center (UC), and rooms will be available at the Holiday Inn at approximately US$129 per night and the Fogelman Executive Conference Center at approximately US$79 per night. Both hotels are on campus and within walking distance of the UC.
Those interested in presenting at the conference should submit a one-to-two-page abstract of their proposed paper as a Word document to The Cormac McCarthy Society at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please copy Society President Steven Frye at s…@csub.edu. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2015. We especially invite papers on teaching The Orchard Keeper at any academic level, though all McCarthy-related topics will be considered.
More information to come as we finalize our plans, but please mark your calendars!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!