The Cormac McCarthy Society announces its Featured Speakers and Events for its 20th Anniversary Conference

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Author/artist Peter Josyph and eminent critic H. R. Stoneback will headline the Cormac McCarthy Society's 20th Anniversary Conference at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky on March 6-9, 2013

An image from Peter Josyph's exhibition of works on paper, All the Pretty Horses

Peter Josyph, the author/filmmaker/artist best known for his recent award winning book and film "Liberty Street: Encounters at Ground Zero," will deliver the conference’s keynote address.

The Cormac McCarthy Society has announced that eminent literary critic H. R. Stoneback, one of the country’s leading scholars of Ernest Hemingway and Robert Penn Warren, will deliver the Plenary Lecture to open its 20th Anniversary Conference at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. The conference, running from March 6-9, 2013, celebrates both the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Society and 20th anniversary of the publication of Cormac McCarthy’s breakthrough novel, the National Book Award winning All the Pretty Horses.

Peter Josyph, the author/filmmaker/artist best known for his recent award winning book and film on the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster, Liberty Street: Encounters at Ground Zero, will deliver the conference’s keynote address. The book version was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Josyph is also the author of Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy. At the same time, the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center of Berea College will host a special exhibition of Peter Josyph’s works on paper entitled “A Tribute to All the Pretty Horses.

Peter Josyph will deliver his presentation, “How Cormac McCarthy Saved Civilization,” on Wednesday evening, March 6, at 8:15 PM. H. R. Stoneback will present his lecture, “Order and Chaos: Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Cormac McCarthy and the Cumberland Gap,” at 1 PM on Friday, March 8th 2013.

For more details, we urge those interested to consult the schedule on the Cormac McCarthy Society web site at http://www.cormacmccarthy.com/conferences/all-the-pretty-horses-2013/schedule/

Attendance is open to fans of Cormac McCarthy as well as to scholars and fellow authors, and special events are being planned for spouses and significant others of conference participants. 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 and meals, and admission to the Society’s 20th Anniversary bash at Windswept Lodge. A complete fee schedule and more details about all events are available on the Society’s web site at http://www.cormacmccarthy.com .

An historic liberal arts college, Berea is hosting the conference in conjunction with the quarterly literary journal Appalachian Heritage, a publication of its Appalachian Center. For more information about this unique and progressive institution, please visit its homepage at http://www.berea.edu.

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@cormacmccarthy.com .

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