Berlin Conference Deadline Approaches

The submission deadline for the “Berlin Conference”—Crossroads and Transgressions: Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds—is January 15.

The conference will be held at the Free University of Berlin from July 7-9, 2016. More information here, including the official Call for Papers and a List of Speakers.

Live-streaming Blood Meridian Workshop Happens Tonight

Rick Wallach posts the following on the Forum:

For the first time in Cormac McCarthy Studies the University of Warwick and IATL is live-streaming a workshop on the author’s acclaimed novel Blood Meridian. Join us on Friday 20 November from 09:45 hours GMT on live stream for an informal day with the judge.

Here’s your live link to the workshop:

Yes, 9:45 GMT is 4:45 AM EST on this side of the pond, but there are two bits of good news: (1) the symposium will be going on all day so feel free to link up once you’ve had your beauty sleep, and (2) the proceedings are being videorecorded and will be available, presumably in some edited form, at some future date if you miss it on Friday. We’ll be sure to let you know when the recorded version becomes available, too.

Josyph Added to Conference Schedule

Peter Josyph will be attending this year’s conference at the University of Memphis. He will be reading and signing at an event celebrating the launch of Webmaster Marty Priola’s new publishing venture, Priola House, and the imminent availability of a new ebook, The Wrong Reader’s Guide to Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses.

The Website isn’t up yet, but conference attendees will have the opportunity to buy, at special conference-only prices, a new broadside designed by Marty Priola and featuring art and text by Peter Josyph. The broadside, titled “How Cormac McCarthy Saved Civilization,” will be available in two editions totaling a scant 126 copies.

Final Schedule Posted for Memphis Conference

We’ve posted final schedule for the Memphis Conference.

Preliminary Memphis Conference Schedule Posted

So here it is, at last: a version of this has been on the Forum for a while, but I’ve finally gotten around to 1) editing it, and 2) creating a PDF for y’all to download.

2015 McCarthy Conference: Preliminary Schedule

Please advise should you find any mistakes so that I can correct them.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Memphis, and stay tuned to this space (soon) for some thoughts on what to do besides conference sessions while you’re here.

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.