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30 Dec 2016 at 10:53 am #8738
It’s hard to argue that 2016 has been a tough year. The list of musical and literary artists we’ve lost is long and painful. The political and social news has been, if anything, worse. Here at the Society we recently lost Susan Hawkins, a longtime member, colleague and good friend to many of us. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her partner, Jay, and will post a more extensive tribute to Susan here on the website early in the new year.
We’ve also had some lucky breaks. Our illustrious webmaster, Marty Priola, was felled by a stroke late in the summer that temporarily compromised his eyesight but we’re all thankful he reports he is recovering nicely. I know I speak for everyone when I extend our best wishes for a healthier 2017 and his continuing recovery.
On a personal note, 2016 marked my retirement – such as I am capable of it – from organizing and directing the Society’s annual conferences after 24 years, stretching back to the first Cormac McCarthy conference at Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY in the fall of 1993. I’ve also turned over many of the quotidian duties of Society treasurer to our VP, Stacey Peebles. I will remain as Secretary for the indefinite future and continue to be actively involved in our occasional international conference taking place overseas. I also plan to use my newly freed up time to finish up, finally, the last self-published Society casebook, Carrying the Fire, before McFarland takes over with our composite volume on the first three Appalachian novels. We’ll have more to report on that in the Newsletter in January.
As Stacey has posted on our homepage, our next national conference will be in Austin, Texas at the end of the Summer. She’ll be keeping you all updated on that meeting throughout the winter.
In any event we want to wish you all a happy New Year, festive Festivus (or whatever’s left of it), and all the best for 2017 – and keep our fingers crossed that we’ll finally have The Passenger in our hands sooner rather than later.
31 Dec 2016 at 8:37 pm #8743
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