The Sunset Limited to be Staged at Centre College

As Rick Wallach mentioned earlier today on the Forum:

In January 2014, Stacey Peebles is teaching a three-week McCarthy-intensive course at Centre College, and in association with that class, she’s arranging a production of The Sunset Limited. The show will run for three nights, January 16-18, in Weisiger Theatre, a 360-seat theater-in-the-round on campus. Peter Josyph will star as White, and Stephen Dupree (who played the role in Knoxville, winning the approval of Wesley Morgan and Dennis McCarthy) will star as Black. Patrick Kagan-Moore, a Centre drama prof, will direct, and Centre students will crew the show. Stacey got the idea when watching [Kagan-Moore's] production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, which has a few distinctly McCarthyesque touches. Tickets will likely be priced at $10.

Centre College is in Danville, Kentucky, about 45 minutes south of Lexington. If you’re fond of bourbon and/or horses in addition to star-studded McCarthy plays, it’s a nice place to visit.

I should also take a moment to plug another production of The Sunset Limited, which is currently running in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Fridays and Saturdays through October 13; for more details, visit Piano Man Pictures or the production’s Facebook page.

Cormac McCarthy Society Announces Third Casebook Volume

First, a bit of housekeeping: All of the pre-ordered copies of They Rode On have now been shipped, so if you haven’t already received yours—especially if you’re in Canada or overseas—check your mailbox this week on this side of either pond and anytime from early next week onward on the other. We’re sorry about the formatting-software related production delays that slowed this volume, but we’re confident that you’re going to feel it was well worth the wait. We’re grateful, needless to say, for your loyalty and patience.

Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses

Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

Now, on to the subject of this post: We will release the third volume in our casebook series—Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses—in time for Christmas (we’re shooting for early to mid-December). Derived largely from the Society’s 20th Anniversary Conference at Berea College last March, this casebook takes a long, hard look at Cormac McCarthy’s most beloved novel. We have rounded up a nonpareil team of established scholars, uniquely perceptive newcomers, and iconoclastic professional writers to treat this important work from as many interesting, provocative, and entertaining perspectives as we can fit between its covers.

As we have for the first two volumes in the series, we are making the new volume available at a pre-publication discount. Until the end of November, prices are US$28.50 for members and US$33.00 for non-members for the paperback edition. The hardcover will be US$51.00 for members and US$56.00 for non-members.

In December, the retail price will increase to US$35.00 for members and US$40.00 for non-members for the paperback; members will pay US$60.00 and non-members will pay US$65.00 for the hardcover.

Blood Meridian Casebooks Arriving Soon

They Rode On: Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West

They Rode On: Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West

We are expecting to receive the Blood Meridian casebooks this week, so we have ended preorder pricing effective immediately. For those of you who want a copy of the book but still haven’t ordered, here’s a link.

Site Functionality Restored (Sort Of)

Well, after a day or so of outage/outrage, we’re back up and running again.

Sadly, on account of someone’s deleting the main admin account, the site had to be restored from backup. And that means we’ve lost about a week of Forum posts.

Also, we lost the Sydney Conference Info, but it has ben reconstructed.

Apologies for the missing posts; the person responsible has been dealt with severely.

Cormac McCarthy Turns 80

The year Cormac McCarthy was born, FM radio and the stereo record were invented.

The source for the above happens to incorrectly cite 1936 as the year Samuel Colt patented the Colt revolver. Even though the Colt was invented 97 years before McCarthy was born and not when he was three, McCarthy would certainly make good use of the Colt (and any other weapons found lying about) in Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West.

On Cormac McCarthy’s birthday in 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

I had thought to mention a few things that weren’t invented when McCarthy was born, but you can look those things up easily. Instead, I’ll say that Cormac McCarthy turns 80 with one of the most anticipated works of his career, The Counselor, only months away from release.

His next novel (as much as these things can be predicted), The Passenger, may not be far off. Ditto the filmed adaptation of Child of God.

We hear he’s working on at least three other novels.

For Cormac McCarthy at 80, slowing down doesn’t appear to be the plan. We wish him happy birthday, good health, and continued success.

Society’s Blood Meridian Casebook Available for Preorder

The Cormac McCarthy Society is pleased to announce that the second volume in its casebook series on Cormac McCarthy, They Rode On: Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West, is now available for preorder. We expect the book to arrive in mid June, but we are offering special preorder pricing through the end of May. The retail price will be US$5-10 more per copy, so we urge you to get your orders in soon.

The Counselor Screenplay Due October 8 from Vintage

For those of you who have missed the relevant forum post, Amazon.com is now listing The Counselor: A Screenplay with a publication date of 8 October 2013.

No cover art yet, but the book’s available for preorder.

Volume 10 of The Cormac McCarthy Journal Available for Purchase

The Cormac McCarthy Society announces the immediate availability of The Cormac McCarthy Journal, Volume 10.

Society Announces 20th Anniversary Conference Schedule

A keynote address by the indomitable Peter Josyph (with the understated title “How Cormac McCarthy Saved Civilization”) and a dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of both All the Pretty Horses and the Cormac McCarthy Society highlight the Society’s just-released 20th Anniversary Conference Schedule. Four days of activities are planned, including presentations by over 40 scholars and independent researchers from around the world.

As we’ve said before, this event is shaping up to be a big deal (yes, that’s a term of art) in McCarthy studies, and it’s also going to be, to quote one of the conference organizers, “a hell of a good time.”

We would remind you, once again, that reservations at the Historic Boone Tavern may well be in short supply. If you’re planning to attend, get your registration fees paid and those hotel reservations made.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Berea, Kentucky, in March. Further details are available by following the links to the conference pages:

We’ve some new information about room sharing, as well.

The cost for a guestroom with two double beds is USD108.90 per night total including tax. Please email us if you want to find a roommate to share the expense of a room at the Boone Tavern with you. We will forward your email to anyone else who is also looking for a roommate, and vice-versa, so that you can make arrangements with them.

Berea Conference Paper Submission Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting abstracts for consideration for the All the Pretty Horses 20th Anniversary Conference has been extended. We will consider abstracts submitted through next Friday, December 14. If you’re planning to submit a paper proposal but have not, please email Rick Wallach and inform him of your intent. This is shaping up to be a large, well-attended conference, so get those submissions in as quickly as possible.