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.

The Cormac McCarthy Society Conference: Fifty Years of Cormac McCarthy

The University of Memphis

October 8-10, 2015

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, and please copy Society President Steven Frye at s… 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!

Peter Josyph Presents “Cormac McCarthy’s House” at The Wittliff Collections

A few months ago, I posted about Peter Josyph’s talk at the Wittliff Collections. For those of you who were unable to attend, the video has been posted online.

McCarthy to be Honored at Knoxville Catholic High School

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.

Wittliff Collections Opens McCarthy Exhibition; Peter Josyph to Perform on September 18

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.


Child of God Blu-Ray and DVD Release Announced

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.

Note from the President: University of Western Sydney Sponsors The International Conference Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Landscapes

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.

Call for Papers

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.

Franco’s Blood Meridian Test Footage Released, et al.

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.


Society Announces Preorder Pricing for Fourth Casebook

Carrying the Fire: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and the Apocalyptic Tradition is available for preorder. We’re hoping to publish before Christmas….