TWS President’s Fall Letter, Oct. 15, 2016

Dear Wolfeans,

“If only Thomas Wolfe could see us now…”

If you attended the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Lecture in Chapel Hill a few weeks ago, you heard this refrain in my remarks.

It was a lovely October 4th day in 2016 on a vibrant college campus, and hundreds of lovers of literature had turned out for a lecture named for Wolfe, a lecture to be delivered by Jill McCorkle, another Carolipicture4na graduate with much in common with him. View our Facebook photo album of the celebratScreen Shot 2017-01-11 at 6.36.40 PMion.

Wolfe, a naturally exuberant man (on a good day anyway), would have been ecstatic, every nerve in him vibrating. If Wolfe himself could not be there, the Wolfe in each of us could be.

Screen Shot 2017-01-11 at 7.20.37 PMIt is perhaps his greatest legacy: a love, an ardor, an electric zeal for life and for literature that seeks to capture it.

For those of you who had to miss it, the lecture was a great success, thanks to the efforts of many, including organizer Susan Irons and, of course, Jill McCorkle herself, who delivered an essay on home and then a new, moving short story called “The Lineman.”

Wolfe, I think, would have been pleased.

Screen Shot 2017-01-11 at 7.20.48 PMAll of us in the Thomas Wolfe Society (TWS) owe a special thanks to Ray Walker, who put together a spectacular display of books and posters for the event, and to Jan Hensley and Caroline Keizer, who assisted with the setup.

Their efforts, we hope, can help us kindle any new sparks generated by Genius, the film that debuted this past summer.

I have made a few such efforts of my own. After the premiere, I wrote a column about the real Thomas Wolfe, and it made its way into a number of media outlets.

This fall, I am leading some book club discussions at libraries in Indianapolis, and I have been in touch with IndyReads, a literacy organization, about some programming, as well.

I welcome your suggestions for other ways to promote Wolfe and our society.  Please email your ideas to

If our efforts pay off, we may welcome some new members to our annual TWS meeting in Indianapolis in May 2017.

I’m pleased to report that we will meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 123 West Louisiana St. (located in an Art Deco-styled railroad shed next to the country’s first Union Station).

The Crowne Plaza has a railroad motif and even some Pullman cars containing guestrooms.

To book a room at the conference rate of $159 per night, call 317.631.2221 and use the group code WOL. Note: Onsite parking is $24/day; valet parking is $36/day.

For a webpage where you can book a room online, email

The annual program is still in the planning stages, but we already have scheduled a screening of Genius, a panel discussion of the film, and a beer tasting at the Rathskeller, a restaurant located at a German club called the Athenaeum.

As for the papers, we will depend once again on the ample talent we regularly find in our members, along with other scholars and admirers of Wolfe and his work.

Vice President Rebecca Godwin has put together a splendid Call for Papers and I encourage you to consider proposing a paper and to help Rebecca spread the word by sharing it among colleagues.

The next issue of The Thomas Wolfe Review, Volume 40, is in the works.

As always, you can expect an attractive publication with fine articles about Wolfe’s work.

The TWS Proceedings will be available in PDF soon for TWS members.

Please recall that we no longer will send hard copies to all members, but you may request the PDF (containing a list of members, information about contributors, lists of awards, etc.) from David Strange (

Deb Borland continues to maintain our web presence. Here’s her update:

“Through our online website (,  flicker and facebook presences the TWS reaches the world.

“We regularly receive over a thousand comments and likes a week from countries spanning the globe. People enjoy the ability to ask questions, find their favorite Wolfean quote/image, celebrate, bond and keep up-to-date with the latest Wolfean happenings.

“We celebrate the things that make Wolfe great as well as Wolfe family birthdays and anniversaries. We constantly update information, photos, trailers, reviews and more about “Genius” on our Facebook page. We are sure to share when an event, reference or news mention comes out. Want to find out when the next play version of LHA is happening? We keep on top of it. We encourage sharing of ideas and Wolfe news.

“Get your daily Wolfe fix–visit our website and facebook page.

“We want to hear from you.

“Help us grow by sharingnews, photos, events, findings and share our Facebook posts to help spread our outreach. Thanks! Deb


The Thomas Wolfe Society membership is healthy.

Please take a minute now to make sure that your TWS membership is in good standing.

If you cannot recall whether you have renewed for this year, please email David Strange (, and he will let you know.

I hope to see many of you in Indianapolis in May for another inspiring TWS conference.


Mark Canada
President, Thomas Wolfe Society

Bob Anthony & Bob Powell Receive Thomas Wolfe Society Citations of Merit

On May 21, 2016, Citations of Merit were awarded to two Thomas Wolfe Society (TWS) members: Robert G. Anthony, Jr., and Bob R. Powell.

Bob Anthony, 2016 TWS Citation of Merit Award

Robert G. Anthony, Jr. one of the two 2016 TWS Citation of Merit Award Winners

The citations were presented at the TWS Awards Banquet culminating the Society’s 38th Annual Meeting, held in Asheville, North Carolina.

As Curator of the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina’s Wilson Library, Bob Anthony has served as an able guardian of materials relative to the life, work, and legacy of Thomas Clayto

n Wolfe. Working tactfully and assiduously with collectors and donors, he has actively and creatively pursued the acquisition of documents, photographs, art works, and memorabilia relative to Wolfe, his family, and his literary legacy.

In addition to maintaining and expanding the Collection’s holdings, Bob has used his knowledge and his position to facilitate research and publishing relative to Wolfe’s life and work. He has organized important exhibitions featuring or including Wolfe materials and arranged for a number of important Wolfean publications, including two portfolios of original illustrations for Look Homeward, Angel. He has welcomed Wolfe scholars to Wilson Library and granted permissions for collection materials to be used in publications, and he has acted over the years as an important contributor to and supporter of The Thomas Wolfe Review. 

Additionally, Bob is a valued and loyal member of the Thomas Wolfe Society, actively participating in TWS conferences over the past two decades and serving as Chapel Hill organizer and gracious host in 2013. Not only has Bob himself been a dedicated member of the community of Wolfe scholars and readers, but he has also facilitated the participation of library staff and members of the Chapel Hill community, leading an impressive delegation to, for instance, the 2009 Wolfe conference in Paris. Bob’s contributions are impressive and valuable; it must also be noted that his work on behalf of Wolfe studies and the Society is done with generosity, good humor, modesty, and courtesy. An admirably impressive professional, Bob is also a thoughtful and generous friend to Wolfeans near and far.

Bob Powell, 2016 TWS Citation of Merit recipient

Dr. Bob R. Powell, TWS Treasurer for over 21 years, one of our two 2016 TWS Citation of Merit Award Winners

2016 marks the twenty-first year that Dr. Bob R. Powell has served as our Society’s Treasurer, and our financial health over the past two decades owes much to his thoroughness and care in attending to the various fiscal matters of our Society–as they relate to investment, receipt of gifts, budgeting, development of TWS projects, and the many, many details associated with our annual conferences.  So, in essence, he has served as an entire financial firm for us, a single individual covering the areas of procurement, accounts payable, financial advising, and foundation management. And he has generously and graciously served in all of these capacities with unstinting rigor and without compensation for twenty years. 

Furthermore, Bob, an enthusiastic member of our Society for over twenty years, has regularly attended our conferences and supported our programs. Notably, Bob played an important role in the campaign to ensure that the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in honor of Thomas Wolfe. He has also served for many years as a careful and conscientious member of the Editorial Board of The Thomas Wolfe Review.

In view of his talent, energy, and dedication to the financial health and stability of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Bob Powell was awarded a Citation of Merit.

We invite all TWS members to join in congratulating these two new recipients of the Society’s highest honor, our Citation of Merit.


2016 TWS Meeting, Asheville, NC–May 20-22

38th Annual Meeting of the
Thomas Wolfe Society 

Dear Wolfe Friends,

I look forward to seeing you in Asheville as we gather for a splendid program and good fellowship with the mountain springtime providing a majestic backdrop for our meeting.

I have attached the TWS Registration Form-2016 MTG and the TWS Program 2016-Final for ease of vieThomas Wolfe Oteen cabinwing and printing. The registration fee for the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Conference is $120 per person and includes all sessions and the Saturday evening banquet. Students may register for $60 per person. Guests of conference attendees who wish to attend only the Saturday evening banquet may register for the banquet for $60. Please use the attached registration form above.

This year’s TWS conference, titled “Thomas Wolfe and the Creative Process” will officially begin Friday, May 20, 2016 with registration from 10:30 to 12:00/noon at the Windsor Ballroom Foyer, first floor of the Renaissance Asheville Hotel with a welcome from Mark Canada, TWS President and opening with a Prologue reading by Mary Aswell Doll. Sessions I and II will be held Friday with featured creative readings in the afternoon, followed by a reception at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Visitor Center, dinner on your own, and ending the day with a special session: documentary and discussion by Tom Rash and Steve Agnew.

Documentary photo of the Oteen cabin where Thomas Wolfe spent the summer of 1937. Photo courtesy of Asheville Citizen-TimesSaturday, May 21 begins at 8:00 a.m. with Session III papers in the Windsor Ballroom, a brief TWS business meeting, Session IV papers and final words by TWS President Mark Canada, closing with an epilogue by Jan Hensley, lunch on your own, then the delightful “‘Something Stinking and Scavenging’: An Exhibition of Books and Items by and about Thomas Wolfe, Principally from the Collection of J. Todd Bailey.” Place and time TBA. A cash bar will be open from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Top of the Plaza, 12th Floor followed by the TWS Banquet and Awards Ceremony with a keynote address given by Tommy Hays, Director, Great Smokies Writing Program, UNC: Asheville.

If you have not yet reserved your room at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel (31 Woodfin Street, 828.252.8211), please do so by April 19. The conference rate of $159 per night is available on rooms booked for the evenings of May 19, 20 or 21. To make a reservation, call 1.800.468.3571 and use the group code: TWSTWSA. You may also email TWS President Mark Canada ( for the url to a webpage where you can make your reservation online.

Some of you who can arrive early or stay after the conference may want to see an exhibit documenting the Thomas Wolfe 75th Anniversary Celebration that will be on display in Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, May 19-27. The display will feature documents and ephemera from the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Wolfe’s birthday, held in Asheville, October 2-5, 1975.

1975 events included discussions by a panel of Wolfe scholars including Louis D. Rubin, Jr. and C. Hugh Holman, as well as the staging of a play about Wolfe’s life entitled “37 Octobers.” The exhibit will be viewable in display cases outside of Special Collections in Ramsey Library on campus. Ramsey Library will not be open on Saturday or Sunday during our conference but Monday-Friday hours are 7:45am-6:00pm. If you have questions, please contact

On Sunday, the restaurant Lex 18 will offer us a special show, Mystery Luncheon Immersive Experience: Clairvoyance, Thievery and Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel. Those interested in this entertaining musical performance should reserve tickets directly with Lex 18 by going to Brown Paper Tickets at and use the password TW Society. Seating is limited, so make your reservations soon. Thanks to Deb Borland for suggesting this wonderful opportunity!

Those who haven’t toured the Thomas Wolfe Memorial recently might want to walk through the house on Friday morning or early Saturday afternoon. Guided tours begin at half past each hour.

Lastly, please renew your TWS Membership Form for 2016 if you have not done so. You may send the renewal form to me even if you cannot attend this year’s conference. If you are not sure about your current membership status, please send inquiries to David Strange (


Rebecca Godwin
Vice President, Thomas Wolfe Society



Call for Papers–TWS Conference: May 20-22, 2016, Asheville, NC

“Thomas Wolfe & the Creative Process”

Call for Papers!

Thomas Wolfe Oteen cabinFor its 38th annual conference, the Thomas Wolfe Society invites papers exploring Wolfe’s experience of & relationship to the creative process: his own writing process; the inspiration he derived from travel, from art, from reading; the transformation of memory, experience, or imagination into narrative. Influence or inspiration from nature, history, philosophy, politics, science & other disciplines may also be explored, as well as Wolfe’s influence on other artists’ creative process.

Proposals on any theme related to Wolfe & the Creative Process–or on any theme related to Wolfe and his work–are also welcome.

Please send 250-word paper proposals by January 10, 2016 to TWS Vice President Rebecca L. Godwin @

“The words were wrung out of him in a kind of bloody sweat, they poured out of his finger tips, spat out of his snarling throat like writhing snakes; he wrote them with his heart, his brain, his sweat, his guts; he wrote them with his blood, his spirit; they were wrenched out of the last secret source and substance of his life.”

In The Story of a Novel, Wolfe gives a somewhat more measured account of his own creative process than the above evocation of Eugene Gant’s romantic agony from Of Time and the River. The later discussion, revealing a mature writer who has come to grips with “the necessity of daily work,” provides insight into Wolfe’s quest for language to express his vision and for the means “to organize his material into a harmonious and coherent union.”

Tom Wolfe CabinWe gather for the 2016 meeting in Wolfe’s hometown. Wolfe’s final visit to Asheville, his first since 1929, occurred in summer 1937. Seeking a peaceful place to write, he stayed in a friend’s cabin at Oteen, then about five miles from town but now within city limits. There, despite the interruptions of visitors wanting to see the famous author, he worked on revising “The Party at Jack’s” before he moved, in secret, to the Battery Park Hotel, a few blocks from the Old Kentucky Home, in search of privacy for his creative work.

For its 38th annual conference, the Thomas Wolfe Society invites papers exploring Wolfe’s experience of and relationship to the creative process: his own writing process; the inspiration he derived from travel, from art, from reading; the transformation of memory, experience, or imagination into narrative. Influence or inspiration from nature, history, philosophy, politics, science, and other disciplines may also be explored, as well as Wolfe’s influence on other artists’ creative process. Proposals on any theme related to Wolfe and the Creative Process—or on any theme related to Wolfe and his work—are also welcome.

Please send 250-word paper proposals by January 10, 2016, to Rebecca L. Godwin at

Max Whitsons cabin in the woods of Oteen NCDocumentary photo of the Oteen cabin where Thomas Wolfe spent the summer of 1937. Photo courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times



Clyde Edgerton to deliver Thomas Wolfe Lecture Oct. 6, UNC: Chapel Hill

North Carolina author Clyde Edgerton will receive the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2015 Thomas Wolfe Prize and deliver the annual lecture on Oct. 6 at 7:30 pm in Carolina’s Genome Sciences Building auditorium.

Author Clyde Edgerton photographed at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina.Edgerton, a Carolina alumnus, has published 10 novels, a book of advice (“Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers”) and a memoir (“Solo, My Adventures in the Air”). “The Night Train,” his 10th novel, was published by Little, Brown in 2011. Three of his novels have been made into movies: “Raney,” “Walking Across Egypt” and “Killer Diller” and many more have been adapted for the stage.

Edgerton is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC-Wilmington. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, honorary doctorates from UNC-Asheville and St. Andrews Presbyterian College, membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

Raised in the community of Bethesda, near Durham, Edgerton has written about small-town bigotry, religious hypocrisy and greed — three of his most important themes — in a darkly comic style, one comparable to that of Flannery O’Conner, according to Daniel Wallace, J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing.

“Not since Mark Twain has the South been blessed with a comic novelist as important as Clyde Edgerton,” said Wallace. “His voice is unmistakable: at once eloquent and down-home, hilarious and heartfelt, satirical and solemn.”

The annual lecture and prize in the College of Arts and Sciences honor Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward, Angel, who graduated from Carolina in 1920.

Edgerton’s talk is free and open to the public. The Genome Sciences Building auditorium is located at 250 Bell Tower Rd.

For more information see:

“Luke: A Tribute to Fred” (1979 documentary film about Thomas Wolfe’s brother, Fred Wolfe)

Wolfe would say this is another of his “dark miracles of chance that make new magic in a dusty world” . . . we recently received an email from a voice from the past–Frank Eastes–the first recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Society’s Citation of Merit back in 1980. Frank wanted to share something magnificent with us–he was converting his 1979 documentary about Fred Wolfe over to digital format . . . and he was going to post it on YouTube for the Wolfe World to enjoy. We have his permission to share it on the TWS website. Frank grew up in Spartanburg, SC, just two doors away from Fred and Mary Wolfe. During his teenage years he was interested in filmmaking. Between 1976-1979 he produced a 16mm documentary about Fred which was very well received by the TWS. The film was shared at the 1980 TWS Meeting. And now, here, without more ado, 35 years later, is this voice from the past. We know you will enjoy.

“A Note From Frank Eastes”
Published on Aug 21, 2015
NOTE: This video begins with a 4-minute interview of me at age 19, followed by the 24 minute documentary. Total run time is 28:06. The film begins at 3:59…

I got started in film work in 1973 at age 13, through my then-best friend whose father was the Dean of Humanities at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. His father began a regional film festival at Converse, FilmSouth, which sparked the filmmaking fire in lots of young filmmakers in the area.

Not long after the passing of Fred’s wife, Mary, I was recruited by an elderly neighbor, Fred Wolfe, who lived two doors away from my parent’s house, and who was the older brother of noted American author Thomas Wolfe, to be his driver as he had recently lost his driver’s license due to his age.

For those familiar with the works of Thomas Wolfe, it doesn’t take long to realize that Wolfe drew heavily upon his real life and experiences to create his literary works. In particular, his moving novel “Look Homeward, Angel” is based on real events and real people and was essentially an autobiography with just the names changed. Fred Wolfe became Luke Gant in that novel.

I began the project in 1976 at age 16 and continued to work on the it as I could afford to and had the time. As the project grew I really needed help and approached the South Carolina Arts Commission which, combined with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, funded what grew to be a $7000 budget and allowed me to complete the film which was released in late 1979. Along with enthusiastic support and belief in the project provided by Stan Woodward, filmmaker-in-residence with the SC Arts Commission, combined to provide fertile ground for this young filmmaker to take on a project like this.

One of the film’s initial showing was for an enthusiastic crowd at an annual meeting of The Thomas Wolfe Society, which presented me with its first ever Citation of Merit. I only recently learned that the Citation award was created because of my film and has been awarded every year since, which is humbling to me considering the company I’m included in among those who received that award.

The film caught the eye of other filmmakers in the area and I was able to freelance in 16mm and video production for about 3 or 4 more years. I was hired by the Appalachian Film Workshop (AppalShop) in Whitesburg, Kentucky as film editor and associate producer for a documentary film there, then worked for about a year as assistant film editor and assistant cameraman for Ross Spears, an academy-award nominated documentary filmmaker based in Charlottesville, Virginia. By the early 1980s, however, the available public funding for filmmaking began to dry up and it became increasingly difficult to finance films which even on a modest budget, were quite expensive for a young 20-something year old trying to make his way in the world. The general rule of thumb in those days was to budget $1,000 for each minute of completed film.

Copies of the film are housed in various collections, including the SC State Archives, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Thomas Wolfe Collection. The film was entered in the various film festivals and received judge’s merit at Sinking Creek Film Celebration in Nashville, 1980, and was shown at Global Village, New York, 1982. Then, as with most niche films like this, it faded into oblivion.

The film was shot and rough edited in Super 8 then enlarged to 16mm for the fine cut, sound mix and negative cutting for release prints. Flash forward 36 years later to now. Film does not last forever, especially when it’s not stored in the best of conditions. I was down to only three prints remaining which showed signs of severe color fade and other issues. I recently found in a box of old film work I was digging through, a 3/4 Umatic video of an interview with me from November 14, 1979 on Columbia Cable TV in Columbia, SC, done just after the film was released, which included a decent copy of the film. I was 19 years old when this interview was made.

Because the remaining 16mm prints and the videotape are nearly 40 years old I realized I needed to act quickly before this was lost forever. I just had the film and videotape converted to a digital format I can post to YouTube and share with the world.

Included here is the brief interview I gave followed by the 24-minute film. I had actually been production director of Columbia Cable TV at the time I was editing this film (another way I helped finance the film) and returned to my old place of work for this interview. That was my old boss interviewing me.

Here it is, for your enjoyment, my film, Luke: A Tribute to Fred.

And oh yeah, that’s me playing banjo in the film. When you hear the brief clip of “Old Joe Clark” … that’s me after about 2 years of playing banjo (I picked up banjo in 1977).

I hope you Enjoy 🙂

Thomas Wolfe Society’s 2015 Conference Schedule

37th Annual Conference of the Thomas Wolfe Society

May 22-24, 2015   Albany Hilton  Albany, NY

Wolfe’s America from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression

Friday, May 22

8:30-10:30 a.m.     Board of Directors Meeting | Anteroom

10:30 a.m.-noon     Registration | East Gallery C

Noon-12:30 p.m.    Welcome and Prologue | Governor C

Welcome, George Hovis, President, Thomas Wolfe Society, SUNY-Oneonta

Prologue, Mary Aswell Doll, Savannah College of Art and Design

12:30-2 p.m.           Session I | Governor C       

Moderator: Bryan Giemza, UNC-Chapel Hill

“Gant among the Hudson Squires,” Edwin Yoder, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

You Can’t Go Home Again: Greed, Truth and the American Identity,” Caitlyn Kuzmich, SUNY-Oneonta

“Decadent Decay: The Complexity of Social Corruption, Consciousness and Critique in Watchmen and You Can’t Go Home Again,” Sarah W. Cummings, SUNY-Oneonta

2-2:30 p.m.            Break

 2:30-4 p.m.             Session II | Governor C

Moderator: Rebecca Godwin, Barton College

“Animality in Look Homeward, Angel,” Amy Augesen, SUNY-Oneonta

“Thomas Wolfe and the Mythical Method,” Amélie Moisy, Université Paris Est-Cretéil

“Thomas Wolfe and His Literary Apprenticeship,” Ruth Winchester Ware, Durham, North Carolina

                                   Dinner on Your Own

 7-8 p.m.                  Riverboat Cruise

Transportation departs from hotel at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

8-8:30 a.m.           Coffee and Continental Breakfast | Governor C

8:30-10 a.m.          Session III: “Teaching Wolfe in the Twenty-First Century” | Governor C

Moderator: Anne R. Zahlan, Eastern Illinois University

Discussants: Sarah Cummings, SUNY-Oneonta; Michael Houck, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Dylan Nealis, Arvada, Colorado; Joseph Bentz, Azusa Pacific University; Mark Canada, Indiana University Kokomo; Paula Gallant Eckard, UNC Charlotte; George Hovis, SUNY-Oneonta

10-10:45 a.m.        Business Meeting | Governor C

President George Hovis presiding

10:45-11 a.m.        Break

11 a.m.-noon         Session IV | Governor C

Moderator: Laura Hope-Gill, Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative, Lenoir-Rhyne University

“What Is a Man Like Myself to Do?—Thomas Wolfe and the Spanish Dilemma,” Steven B. Rogers, Mount Rainier, Maryland

Dramatic Reading of “The Reed of Demonic Ecstasy,” David Madden, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Noon-12:15 p.m.  Conclusion | Governor C

Final Words, President George Hovis

Epilogue, Jan Hensley, Greensboro, North Carolina

12:15-2:15 p.m.      Lunch on Your Own

2:15-3:30 p.m.       Walking Tour of Albany’s Capital District

Meet in Albany Hilton lobby at 2:15 p.m.

Optional stop at New York History Museum at end of tour

6-7 p.m.                    Cash Bar | Hudson Ballroom

7 p.m.                        Banquet | Hudson Ballroom

Awards Ceremony

Keynote Address: Joseph M. Flora, UNC-Chapel Hill

Sunday, May 24

7 a.m.-5 p.m.           Bus Trip through Hudson River Valley

Trip will feature stops at Vanderbilt Mansion and FDR Home and Museum in Hyde Park, as well as village of Rhinebeck, NY


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Please reserve your room at the TWS Conference Hotel ASAP

The 37th Thomas Wolfe Society Conference (May 22-24) will take place in the heart of Albany’s Capital District.

Reservations at the Hilton Albany (40 Lodge Street) must be made before April 18, 2015, in order to receive the special room rate of $140 per night.

Furthermore, a limited number of rooms at this conference rate are available, so please make your reservation as soon as possible by contacting the Albany Hilton at 866-691-1183 and providing our Group Code: 4TWS.

Please note that choosing to lodge at the TWS Conference Hotel helps TWS to meet its contracted quota and secure reasonable rates on meeting spaces and other services.

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Register for the 37th Annual TWS Meeting–Albany, NY, May 22-24, 2015

37th Annual Meeting of the Thomas Wolfe Society

Wolfe’s America, from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression

Albany, New York, May 22-24, 2015


The registration fee for the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Conference is $130 per person and includes all sessions, Friday’s sunset cruise on the Hudson River, and the Saturday evening banquet. Students may register for $65 per person. Guests of conference attendees who wish to attend only the Saturday evening banquet may register for the banquet for $60.

On Sunday, May 24th our conference will culminate with a day-long bus trip (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) along the Hudson River Valley. Highlights of the trip will include tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion and Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Museum in Hyde Park, as well as a return stop for lunch and sightseeing in Rhinebeck, New York, home of Wolfe’s good friend Olin Dows. The luxury motor coach will include a lavatory and air conditioning. The cost of $45 covers the motor coach, tickets to the three tours and a boxed breakfast. This exciting excursion complements this year’s theme: Wolfe’s America, from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression. We hope that most members will be able to join us.

Mailing Address:                        _________________________



Email: (Please include your email address so we can acknowledge receipt of your registration and provide conference updates.)

Registration:                                                           ______@ $130             ________

Student Registration:                                          ______@ $65           ________

Banquet Guest of Attendee:                              ______@ $60            ________

Guest ticket for cruise:                                        ______@ $30            ________

Optional Bus Trip to Hyde Park & Rhinebeck:         ______@ $45            ________

TWS Membership/Renewal:                                           ______@ $30            ________ (If you have not already renewed your membership for 2015, you may include your dues here.)

Donation to support the conference:                           ________

Total Enclosed:                         ________


Saturday Evening Banquet Menu

Menu Options:

  • Lemon thyme chicken with roasted root vegetable hash
  • Roasted sliced sirloin with wild mushroom ragout
  • Home-style vegetable lasagna with spinach, artichoke, mushrooms, tomatoes, and broccoli

Menu Preference for ________________________: (please list attendee’s or guest’s name and circle meal choice)

Lemon Thyme Chicken                       Sliced Sirloin                     Vegetable Lasagna


Menu Preference for ________________________: (please list attendee’s or guest’s name and circle meal choice)

Lemon Thyme Chicken                      Sliced Sirloin                     Vegetable Lasagna


Menu Preference for ________________________: (please list attendee’s or guest’s name and circle meal choice)

Lemon Thyme Chicken                       Sliced Sirloin                    Vegetable Lasagna


Please send your registration form, banquet form, and check before April 30, 2015, to:

Mark Canada
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Indiana University Kokomo
2300 S. Washington  St.
Kokomo, IN 46902-9003


The Thomas Wolfe Society Conference, Albany, NY, May 22-24, 2015 and Call for Papers

Dear Thomas Wolfe Society Members and Friends,

I hope many of you are planning to attend the 2015 conference in Albany and that some of you are planning to propose papers to deliver.

Please remember that proposals are due to Mark Canada by January 17. Please see details of the call for papers in the text below.

Also, if you are interested in booking your hotel accommodations in advance, I have listed that information below.

Please note that if you plan to join us for the Sunday bus trip to Hyde Park, you may wish to reserve a room for Sunday night, as well.

Happy New Year!
George Hovis, TWS President



Albany, NY, MAY 22-24, 2015

“Wolfe’s America, from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression”

Call for Papers

This year’s conference–located in the capital of “the Empire State”–will explore Wolfe’s contributions to our understanding of America and its development, especially during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The conference will culminate (on Sunday) with a trip to the Hudson River Valley and to the Vanderbilt Mansion and FDR home and museum in Hyde Park, a tour that tells the story of America’s economic development and collapse during this same period, a narrative that informs much of Wolfe’s fiction.

During his own sojourns along the Hudson River Valley, and especially during his visits with the family of Olin Dows, Wolfe confronted a wealthy elite that provoked in him a sustained interrogation of social class in America. This experience of “river people” also contributed to his better understanding of class in his own family and region–and, indeed, abroad.

For its 37th annual conference, in Albany, New York, the Thomas Wolfe Society invites papers related to Wolfe’s explorations of America–although proposals are welcome on any theme related to Thomas Wolfe and his work. We are especially interested in papers that engage issues of social class, economics, the Hudson River Valley (its people and places in Wolfe’s fiction), the American landscape or the American psyche or papers that explore Wolfe’s work within some branch of the American literary tradition.


Please send 250-word paper proposals by January 17, 2015 to:


Please include in the subject heading WOLFE PROPOSAL.


Reservations at the Albany Hilton must be made before April 18, 2015, in order to receive the special room rate of $140 per night. Furthermore, a limited number of rooms at this conference rate are available, so please make your reservation as soon as possible by contacting the Albany Hilton at 866-691-1183 and providing our Group Code 4TWS.