Cormac McCarthy Society Announces 20th Anniversary Conference Schedule

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The Cormac McCarthy Society has announced the schedule of events for its 20th anniversary conference on March 6 through March 9, 2013, at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.

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Beloved for its exquisite language and vivid depiction of the decline of the old west lifestyle, All the Pretty Horses has become a modern American classic.

The Cormac McCarthy Society has announced the schedule of events for its 20th anniversary conference from Wednesday, March 6 through Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. The conference celebrates both the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Society and 20th anniversary of the publication of Cormac McCarthy’s National Book Award winning novel, All the Pretty Horses.

Accordingly, many of the presentations at the conference will explore this novel and its cultural and historical background. Beloved for its exquisite language and vivid depiction of the decline of the old west lifestyle, All the Pretty Horses has become a modern American classic. The novel and its film adaptation will be the subject of talks, seminar panels, film and video presentations by an international group of critics and scholars. Details of the conference are available on the Society’s homepage at http://www.cormacmccarthy.com/conferences/all-the-pretty-horses-2013/schedule.

Special presentations include a plenary discussion of McCarthy’s roots as an Appalachian author by the noted critic of Hemingway, Robert Penn Warren and others, H. R. Stoneback, two full panels on McCarthy and Mexico, and a keynote address by Peter Josyph, author of Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy and New York Times Notable Book of the Year Liberty Street: Encounters at Ground Zero.

Early registration fees, through February 15, range from $145 for Society members to $185 for the general public. Registration include admission to all of the conference sessions, refreshment breaks between sessions, a reception on Wednesday evening, buffet breakfast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, lunch on Thursday and Friday, dinner on Thursday and the Society’s 20th Anniversary bash at the mountaintop Windswept Lodge south of Berea on Friday evening. Single session registrations are also available for spouses, students and the curious. A complete fee schedule, as well as information about lodging and transportation, is available on the Society’s web site at http://www.cormacmccarthy.com .

The Society will publish a selection of the best presentations from this conference in late 2013 as the third volume in its new Cormac McCarthy Casebook Series. These casebooks offer complete and balanced assessments of McCarthy’s novels, plays and screenplays. Each edition in the series will appeal to McCarthy’s worldwide legions of fans and lay readers as well as to scholars and students.

The Cormac McCarthy Society is an independent nonprofit educational organization not affiliated in any way with the author, his publishers or his agents. Founded in 1993 by a group of fans and scholars for the purpose of studying the author’s works and the literatures of the Appalachia, the American South and Southwest.

For more information about the Society, its conferences, casebook series and its many other activities, please contact Rick Wallach, chairperson of the conference and Secretary of the Society, at info(at)cormacmccarthy(dot)com .

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