The Cormac McCarthy Society has completed preliminary arrangements for next year’s Conference in Berea, Kentucky. More information and the requisite payment button can be found on the new Conference Rates, Lodging, and Transportation Page.
For my part, I’d like to add two comments. First, this conference is going to be a great event; if at all possible, make arrangements to be there. Second, I’ve no idea what’s so historic about the historic Boone Tavern (though I could surmise from its name) in downtown Berea, but the announcement text mentions the “historic”-ness of the place several times—as if you needed another reason to make plans to attend.
Cormac McCarthy turns 79 today. So we say Happy Birthday!
More from dailypress.com, mediabistro.com (on his birthday two years ago), bookstellyouwhy.com, and via Facebook at Appalachian Heritage.
The Forums are having issues. I’ve just upgraded the bbPress plugin (which runs the Forums), and the upgrade has messed with the styling of the forum pages. They should still be usable, but they are not terribly attractive at the moment. I’ll be looking into this and working to resolve the problems as soon as I can. Anyone who knows a good deal about WordPress themes and the bbPress plugin can feel free to email me.
Dianne Luce’s English-language bibliography of McCarthy criticism [PDF] has been updated and posted on this site. Several have asked where it was. The answer is that it’s been thoroughly updated. We (meaning I) hit a few snags on the way with the Web presentation, which have delayed its arrival far too long, but it’s available now on the Bibliographies page. As always, please let us know if you have any problems or spot any errors.
Deadline reports that Penelope Cruz will indeed be appearing in The Counselor. We’ve heard this news before, but supposedly, this time it’s confirmed. In our minds, this raises some doubt about Cameron Diaz and/or Angelina Jolie, but we’re not in a position to speculate further at this point.
The Cormac McCarthy Society is pleased to announce that plans are underway for its 20th Anniversary Conference, to be held at Berea College in March of 2013. We’ve just posted a formal call for papers and more details about the Conference (also in PDF format), which will celebrate All the Pretty Horses and the Society at 20 and honor Cormac McCarthy at 80. We’ll have more information over the coming weeks, and we urge you to make your plans to attend.
The Society’s own Rick Wallach will be keynoting this year’s ALA Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Symposium, titled “Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, and Their Traditions” will take place from October 4-6, 2012. We’ve added a page to our Conferences Section.
For more information, visit the ALA’s Web site. The formal call for papers is here [PDF].
We’ve just added a new item to the Conferences section. NeMLA is holding a session at their 2013 Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Cormac McCarthy and Modernity” is the session topic. More conference info and a Call for Papers can be found in the Conferences menu at right or by clicking this link.
The Cormac McCarthy Society announces the publication and immediate availability of The Cormac McCarthy Journal, Volume 9. Special thanks to editor Stacey Peebles, book review editor David Cremean, as well as others who have worked to make this issue possible.
In apparently confirmed casting news, Cameron Diaz has snagged a part in The Counselor. Twitch breaks the news:
The role will certainly be a darker part than we’re used to seeing from Diaz but, surely, after years of playing eye candy with only the occasional foray into more substantial material Diaz must be ready for the change.
Diaz will play the role previously contemplated by Penelope Cruz and Angelina Jolie.
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