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20 Apr 2012 at 4:15 pm #936
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of All the Pretty Horses and the inception of the Border Trilogy. 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary (Dear Buddha! Has it really been 20 years? Yep.) of the First Conference on Cormac McCarthy at Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY – and of the founding of the Cormac McCarthy Society.
We’ll be celebrating both events simultaneously in the early winter of 2013 with a dual anniversary conference at – where else – the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. I’ll be in San Marcos during the first week of May to work out the precise dates and format for the conference, and as soon as we have those worked out we will issue our formal Call for Papers.
So, let’s call this the preliminary announcement. It ought to be a terrific conference.
11 May 2012 at 11:24 am #117312 May 2012 at 11:00 am #1199
Great, Heretic – looking much forward to seeing you too. Still gleefully recall the market analysis of 1985 you performed at the Blood Meridian conference.
16 May 2012 at 5:16 am #1269
Does ‘early winter of 2013′ mean January/February 2013, or early in the next winter at the end of 2013? I’m guessing the former.
DowdyQuote16 May 2012 at 10:30 pm #1276
February/March 2013. We’re working on it. Hope to have firm dates and an official CFP by Monday.
05 Jun 2012 at 9:07 pm #1503
We’re pleased to announce, finally, that the Cormac McCarthy Society’s 20th Anniversary Conference will be held at historic Berea College, located between Cincinnati and Knoxvile along the Interstate 75 corridor from Wednesday evening March 6 – Saturday morning, March 9, 2013. The conference will feature multiple themes this time around: the Society at 20, All the Pretty Horses at 20, and Cormac McCarthy at 80. We expect our members to rise to the occasion with a wonderful assortment of papers and reflections on all of these subjects.
Originally, as you know, we had planned to hold the conference at Texas State University in San Marcos. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts and the lack of availability of an adequate venue for paper sessions necessitated this change in plans. Berea College, home of the journal Appalachian Heritage – well known to seasoned Cormackians – stepped up in a big way with a terrific package of lodgings, meals and other support, and much enthusiasm. The Society is especially grateful to George Brosi, publisher of Appalachian Heritage, for throwing himself wholeheartedly into the task of securing the support of the college when our plans for Texas bogged down.
We are now making arrangements for discount lodging at the beautiful Boone Tavern in Berea village, just a short walk from the conference facilities on campus. We are also working out the costs of meals, refreshments, receptions, special events and arrangements for publication of the proceedings. We hope to announce the registration fees and lodging/meal packages within the next few weeks. We’ll be posting the official call for papers here very shortly.
06 Jun 2012 at 3:49 pm #151406 Jun 2012 at 5:46 pm #1518
Rob: yes, but I would bet that the cheapest airport would be Cincinnati, since it’s a small hub for Delta Air Lines. I would check Louisville as well, and Knoxville, though a bit further than Lexington, might also be worth checking. We will be working out some ground transportation arrangements for Berea over the next ten months, looking for group discounts on flights and minibuses. We’ll keep everyone posted.
26 Aug 2012 at 8:18 pm #1822
Update on the conference: we’ve now assembled all the prices for rooms, catering and so forth at Berea and I will be working on the conference registration application and registration fee schedule this week. I hope to have it posted here by the end of the week or early next week, and this year we should be able to offer a discounted early registration fee for our members as well.
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