36th Annual TWS Conference: May 23-24, 2014

car-innOn May 23-24, 2014, Wolfe Society members will converge on UNC-Chapel Hill‘s “magical campus” at the Carolina Inn for our 36th annual conference.

This year’s conference theme is “Wolfe in His Time, Wolfe in Our Time.” Although proposals are welcome on any theme related to Thomas Wolfe and his work, we especially invite proposals for presentations that link Thomas Wolfe to the issues of his time (politics, race relations, etc.) and/or to these and other issues in our time (media, internationalism, etc.).

If you are interested in providing a paper, please send your proposals by January 10, 2014 to Mark Canada at mark.canada@uncp.edu or to Dr. Mark Canada, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UNC-Pembroke, Pembroke, NC 28372-1510.

NC's current poet laureate Joseph Bathanti

NC’s current poet laureate Joseph Bathanti

Mark has been hard at work planning the Chapel Hill conference. In addition to a full program of presentations and the annual Saturday evening banquet, several of this year’s special treats are a campus tour of Wolfe sites and North Carolina’s poet laureate, Joseph Bathanti, who is also an avid Wolfean.Make your plans now to attend this exciting conference on Wolfe’s “magical campus.”

Reservations to the Carolina Inn must be made before April 30, 2014, in order to receive the special group room rate of $164. Furthermore, a limited number of rooms at this conference rate are available, so please make your reservation as soon as possible. You may call the hotel at 1-800-962-8519 or visit the Carolina Inn’s website and enter 362947 in the “Group Code” field. You may also visit our Direct Billing Link.

Watch for more conference updates here and on our Facebook page.

Complete program details will be mailed to TWS members in March 2014.

We look forward to seeing you in Chapel Hill!

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A Letter from our 2013 TWS President, George Hovis

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8 October 2013

Dear Wolfe Friends,

I can hardly believe that Thomas Wolfe’s birthday month has arrived and the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Conference in beautiful Boise, Idaho is more than four months behind us. What a spectacular occasion that meeting was, thanks to Joe Flora, whose vision, planning, and tireless coordinating made it possible.

Thanks also to Denise Bittner and Tara Penry and her students who spent dozens of hours welcoming us to the West with tours, poster displays, and Tara’s fabulous keynote address. Thanks to Rick Ardinger and Shelley Crisp at the Idaho and North Carolina Humanities Councils for sponsoring Friday night’s lecture by Robert Morgan, the first Skyped event in Wolfe Conference history. Finally, thanks to all the presenters and to their attentive audience. The presentations were some of the finest I can recall.

The Boise conference concluded Anne Zahlan‘s eleven-year tenure as Editor of The Thomas Wolfe Review. During this time, she worked tirelessly to cultivate a new generation of Wolfe scholars and to bring the TWR into the digital age. For her tremendous service, Anne was recognized with the Wolfe Society’s Citation of Merit. Paula Eckard concluded her two-year term as our president. Paula’s exemplary energy, collegiality, and commitment led the Society to make significant achievements during these past two years. We are all very fortunate that Paula has agreed to assume the editorship at The Thomas Wolfe Review.

Other changes to the Society Board and its officers also occurred at Boise. Mark Canada, professor of English at UNC-Pembroke and an accomplished Wolfe scholar, was elected vice president. Bob Powell and Bill Beltz continue to serve as treasurer and secretary. New board members elected include Rebecca Godwin, Carl Thistle, Anne Zahlan, and Robert Brinkmeyer.

Prize winners during 2013 include Joseph Bentz, who received the Zelda & Paul Gitlin Literary Prize for the best scholarly article on Thomas Wolfe during 2012; Jedidiah Evans, an Australian scholar, who received the William B. Wisdom Grant; and Dylan Nealis, who received the first Thomas Wolfe Student Travel Grant in Honor of Richard S. Kennedy.

As you may recall, this past year the Kennedy Student Essay Prize was reconfigured with the aim of attracting more young scholars to participate in our conference. If you know promising graduate or undergraduate students who may have an interest in Wolfe (or in whom you might be able to instill such an interest), please direct them to our website, where they will find contest details.

I am pleased to share with you news of a gift by Denise Bittner in honor of her late husband, Dr. John Robert Bittner, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Many in the Wolfe Society fondly remember Dr. Bittner’s friendship and his contributions to Wolfe scholarship, including his Gitlin Prize-winning essay, “Thomas Wolfe and Jonathan Worth Daniels: The Carolina Roots of a Literary Rivalry,” published in the TWR, 27 (2003). Mrs. Bittner’s gift, in the form of an endowment, will fund the John Robert Bittner Student Literary Prize, in support of student travel to present their research at the annual Wolfe Conference.

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Ron Rash, 2013 Thomas Wolfe Prize Recipient

Many of you may have attended the annual Thomas Wolfe Lecture on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a major event held annually since its inception in 2000. This year’s Thomas Wolfe Prize Recipient was Ron Rash, who delivered a lecture to a nearly capacity crowd (almost 400) in the Genome Science Center on October 2nd.

The Thomas Wolfe Society was instrumental in developing a secure endowment to fund the annual prize money. Presently, the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-CH is seeking to build an endowment to fund the other expenses associated with the Lecture:  travel, lodging, reception, advertising, etc. If anyone desires not to be solicited by mail on behalf of this effort, please inform me you wish to “opt out.”

If you are a TWS life member or a 2013 member of the Society, you will be receiving this year’s publications. The Proceedings of our 2013 Meeting in Boise, the special publication, and The Thomas Wolfe Review are all in various stages of production. So, if necessary, please update your membership.

On May 23-24, 2014, Wolfe Society members will converge on UNC-Chapel Hill‘s “magical campus” at the Carolina Inn for our 36th annual conference. Reservations must be made before April 30, 2014, in order to receive the special room rate of $164. Furthermore, a limited number of rooms at this conference rate are available, so please make your reservation as soon as possible. You may call the hotel at 1-800-962-8519 or visit the Carolina Inn’s website and enter 362947 in the “Group Code” field. You may also visit our Direct Billing Link.

This year’s conference theme is “Wolfe in His Time, Wolfe in Our Time.” Although proposals are welcome on any theme related to Thomas Wolfe and his work, we especially invite proposals for presentations that link Thomas Wolfe to the issues of his time (politics, race relations, etc.) and/or to these and other issues in our time (media, internationalism, etc.).

Please send your proposals by January 10, 2014, to Mark Canada at mark.canada@uncp.edu or to Dr. Mark Canada, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UNC-Pembroke, Pembroke, NC 28372-1510.

Mark has been hard at work planning the Chapel Hill conference. In addition to a full program of presentations and the annual banquet, several of this year’s special treats are a campus tour of Wolfe sites and North Carolina’s poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti, who is also an avid Wolfean. Make your plans now to attend this exciting conference on Wolfe’s “magical campus.”

Look for conference updates on our website and Facebook page, and while you are there, take a moment to admire the recent improvements made by our webmaster, Deborah Borland.

Complete program details will be mailed in March 2014. In closing, I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve the Thomas Wolfe Society. Thank you for your unstinting support of the Society and for sharing your enthusiasm for the work of Thomas Wolfe. I look forward to seeing you in Chapel Hill!

Warmest regards,
George Hovis President
Thomas Wolfe Society
george.hovis@oneonta.edu

Contact Information: George Hovis Associate Professor, Dept. of English SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY  13820

 

“Wolfe’s Women” A Fundraising Event for the Friends of Thomas Wolfe, Oct. 3, 2013

2013-WolfeBirthdayFundraiser‘Wolfe’s Women’ is a fundraising event for the Friends of Thomas Wolfe and will help support the programming, outreach and maintenance of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

Held on Wolfe’s Birthday, this event will focus on his need to connect with women of wisdom and strength.

Hosted by the Renaissance Hotel’s ‘A Writer’s Bistro’ a four-course meal will be served.

A historic drama will be presented about the four important and inspiring women in Wolfe’s life: Julia Wolfe, Margaret Roberts, Aline Bernstein and Elizabeth Nowell.

Following dinner and drama, guests are invited to an open house of the Old Kentucky Home.  Guests can walk the halls of this house that inspired one of America’s great literary authors and gather in the parlor for an Victorian sing-a-long, much like the boarders would have done when Thomas Wolfe was growing up in the house.

October 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$75.00 per person $140 per couple

For tickets or more information, please contact the Thomas Wolfe Memorial (828) 253-8304 or email christian.edwards@ncdcr.gov no later than October 1, 2013.

75 Years Ago in September Commemorated at Wolfe Memorial

Tom, A Beloved American Author

Tom, A Beloved American Author

Beloved Author Thomas Clayton Wolfe Claimed by Death 75 Years ago on Sept. 14, 1938

Second Saturday Program at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial

In memoriam of the 75th anniversary of the passing of Thomas Wolfe, a reception will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site followed by a viewing of his childhood home.

Thomas Clayton Wolfe, age 37, resident of New York City died 5:30 a.m. September 15, 1938 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland from an acute cerebral infection.

He had suffered a protracted illness related to complications from a severe case of pneumonia contracted at Seattle, Washington in July.

Thomas Wolfe was born October 3, 1900 in Asheville, North Carolina to William Oliver Wolfe and Julia Elizabeth Westall Wolfe. He attended the Orange Street School and the North State Fitting School in Asheville in preparation for college. Then completed four years at the University of North Carolina and subsequently earned a Masters Degree from Harvard University. He taught English for several years at New York University and committed himself to his dream of a career as a professional writer.

He received instant recognition with the publication of his first novel Look Homeward, Angel in October 1929. As an author of several well-known books and short stories he is recognized today as a giant in American literature.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee, 52 N. Market Street, Asheville, NC28801.

“To lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home…”
Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again.
A Beloved American Author

Contact: Christian Edwards
828-253-8304

In Memorium: Margie South Idol (March 25, 1933 – June 27, 2013)

Margie South Idol (March 25, 1933 - June 27, 2013)

Margie South Idol (March 25, 1933 – June 27, 2013)

Dear TWS Friends–There will be a memorial service for Margie South Idol,  the wife of Dr. John L. Idol, on July 13, at the Boone Unitarian Fellowship Hall–381 E. King Street (the main street)–at 3 p.m. with lifelong family friend Sterling Eisiminger officiating.

Margie, 80, of Brookwood Avenue, Burlington, a native and former resident of Watauga County, passed away June 27, 2013, after a 40 year battle with dermatomyositis.

She leaves behind her husband, John L. Idol, Jr. of the home; one brother, Stanley South  of Columbia, S.C.; two nephews, and three nieces.

She married John, her high school classmate, on Thanksgiving Day in 1955, when she was a freshman at Appalachian State and saw him through his Ph.D at the University of Arkansas as primary breadwinner.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Idol Family Cemetery Fund, in care of Joe Idol, 7045 Old Highway 421 South, Deep Gap, North Carolina, 28618.

Online condolences may be sent to the Idol family and additional information can be viewed at:
http://www.hamptonfuneralnc.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2134133&fh_id=10201 

 

Robert Morgan to Discuss Thomas Wolfe’s West

Wolfe on the West Overhang of the Grand Canyon, Photo Courtesy of Pack Library

On Friday, May 24, 2013, The Idaho Humanities Council will co-host a lecture by acclaimed author Robert Morgan.  The lecture, entitled “From the Blue Ridge to the Rocky Mountains: Thomas Wolfe and the American West,” will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Idaho State Capitol Building and is part of the Thomas Wolfe Society’s 35th annual Conference, to be held at the Grove Hotel in Boise.  In addition to the Wolfe Society, other co-sponsors include the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Hemingway Western Studies Center.

Thomas Wolfe was one of America’s most renowned writers of the early twentieth century.  Among Wolfe’s most celebrated novels are Look Homeward, Angel (1929) and the posthumous You Can’t Go Home Again (1940).  His untimely death in 1938 was brought on in part by an exhausting two-week car trip across the American West, beginning in Oregon and crossing eleven national parks and 4,500 miles of highway. From this whirlwind tour Wolfe would produce his last piece of writing, A Western Journal

Robert Morgan’s lecture will discuss the geography of Wolfe’s life and interests, his early ambition to escape the confines of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains, his subsequent sojourns in Chapel Hill, Harvard, New York, London, Paris, and Germany. Each of these places figures significantly in Wolfe’s fiction.  But near the end of his life Wolfe became a passionate traveler and student of the American West, as though he had found a subject he had been searching for: vast, majestic, challenging.

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Robert Morgan, born just south of Thomas Wolfe’s Asheville, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, has published fourteen books of poetry, most recently Terroir (Penguin Poets 2011), eight books of fiction, and two books of nonfiction devoted to America’s westward expansion.  Like his fellow North Carolina native, Robert Morgan’s gaze has been drawn toward the West.

He wrote his first story in the sixth grade, on a day when the rest of his class visited the Biltmore House near Asheville. Morgan reports, “I did not have the three dollars for the trip, and rather than let me sit idle all day my teacher, Dean Ward, suggested I write a story describing how a man lost in the Canadian Rockies, without gun or knife, makes his way back to civilization.  All day I sat in the classroom by myself working at the details of my character’s escape from the wilderness. I was so absorbed in my story I was surprised to find the other students had returned that afternoon.”

Despite this early start in the far American West, in most of his books of fiction and poetry, Morgan has focused on the western frontier of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, not too distant from the Green River Valley farm where he grew up.  Perhaps Morgan’s best known novel, Gap Creek (Algonquin 1999), follows the struggles of a newly wed couple to begin a life together on an abandoned frontier farm in the early twentieth century. Gap Creek won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (2000), was chosen as a Notable Book by the New York Times, and was selected for the Oprah Book Club and the Appalachian Writers Association’s Book of the Year for 2000.

In 2007, Morgan published a bestselling biography of Daniel Boone, which Michael Kammen, former president of the Organization of American Historians, has called “a riveting account of the real Boone. . . . The brilliant final chapter, unique among Boone biographies, reveals the impact of the frontiersman’s legend on the American literary canon. . . . This is the best of all possible Boones.”

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Morgan followed this biography with Lions of the West:  Heroes and Villains of America’s Westward Expansion.  One of the book’s charms is that Morgan allows the reader in most cases to determine which are the heroes and which the villains. This composite biography includes well known figures, such as Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Johnny Appleseed, Sam Houston, Davy Crocket, and Kit Carson, as well as the less well remembered—for example, Nicholas Trist, the nervous diplomat critical to effecting the peace with Mexico. By turns political biography and military history, Morgan weaves the tale of the U.S. westward expansion in a gripping narrative and questions the nation’s assumptions about Manifest Destiny.  Lions of the West won the SIBA Award in Nonfiction for 2011. Several of his other awards include the James G. Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers,  an O. Henry Award, the Thomas Wolfe Award, the Academy Award in Literature, and grants and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Robert Morgan teaches at Cornell University, where he is presently Kappa Alpha Professor of English.

Robert Morgan’s lecture at the Capitol is free and open to the public.  For more information about Robert Morgan, please visit http://www.robert-morgan.com/

In Memorium: Frances Angas Weaver (1928-2013)

Members of the Thomas Wolfe Society (TWS), especially those from the society’s formation and early years, will remember Frances A. Weaver from Chapel Hill, who attended many of the early annual meetings and was instrumental in making local arrangements for meetings in Chapel Hill.

She was an archivist in the UNC-CH library who arranged and described the North Carolina Collection’s Thomas Wolfe Collection and prepared a finding aid for it, thus making accessible to researchers a rich and previously unarranged treasure.

Mrs. Weaver (known as “Fran” to family and friends) was soft-spoken and preferred working behind the scenes, but she was willing and eager to speak about Thomas Wolfe. She first did so in 1978 at the Wolfe Fest at St. Mary’s College, speaking about the Wolfe materials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teamed up with Jerry Cotten on several occasions to present a popular program on Wolfe, drawing from printed and visual materials at UNC-CH.

At the second annual meeting of the Thomas Wolfe Society, in Chapel Hill, 10-11 April 1981, she delivered an excellent paper, titled simply “The Thomas Wolfe Collection.” In this paper, Mrs. Weaver introduced and described the collection of Wolfe materials at Chapel Hill to a rapt audience–scholars anxious to get at this rich trove and others just delighted to hear about it. (See H.G. Jones, ed., Thomas Wolfe of North Carolina, 1982, which includes Frances Weaver’s paper.)

On her retirement in 1989 Mrs. Weaver received the C. Knox Massey Award for Distinguished Service to the University. Her community involvement was also extensive, and in 2001 she received the UNC General Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of her contributions to the community and the University.

Her obituary in The Chapel Hill News includes the statement that she was “admired by all for her grace, wit, and generous spirit.” All who knew her agree.

Frances Weaver died on January 27, 2013.

In Memorium: Duane B. Schneider, First TWS President

The first president of the Thomas Wolfe Society (1985) and one of its founding fathers, Duane Schneider (Ohio University), passed away on December 26, 2012.

He will be deeply missed by his friends in the Thomas Wolfe Society.

Duane was a recipient of the TWS Citation of Merit for his efforts in forming the Thomas Wolfe Society. As president, he organized the first two TWS annual meetings in Asheville (1980) and in Chapel Hill (1981). A TWS distinguished service director, Duane was also a Consulting Editor for The Thomas Wolfe Review. Several of his articles appeared within its pages such as “American Editions of Look Homeward, Angel: An Informal Survey” (Fall 1979); “The House of the Far and Lost: Search and Discovery” (Spring 1990); and “Imagination and Fantasy in the Works of Thomas Wolfe” (Spring 1998).

He compiled A Thomas Wolfe Collection (Athens, Ohio: Croissant & Company, 1977, 14 pages)–an exhibition catalogue of books by and about Thomas Wolfe, shown at the Vern Roger Alden Library, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, March 1-April 15, 1977. The compilation of 185 items (100 titles) of American and English editions of works by and about Wolfe, featured some not listed previously in Wolfe bibliograhies or checklists, and came in a limited editon of 300 copies.

Duane operated his own publishing firm, Croissant & Company, printing on a hand press he operated himself in the 1970-80s. Works he published related to Thomas Wolfe included:

  • Ray Bradbury’s Forever and the Earth (Athens, Ohio: Croissant & Company, 1984)
  • Aldo P. Magi’s (editor) A Prologue to America (Athens, Ohio: Croissant & Company, 1978)
  • Richard Walser’s Thomas Wolfe’s Pennsylvania (Athens, Ohio: Croissant & Company, 1978)
  • Aldo P. Magi and Richard Walser’s (editors) Thomas Wolfe Our Friend 1933-1938, by Clayton and Kathleen Hoagland (Athens, Ohio: Croissant & Company, 1979)
  • Samuel Marx’s Thomas Wolfe and Hollywood (Athens, Ohio: Croissant & Company, 1980)
  • Richard S. Kennedy’s (editor) Thomas Wolfe: A Harvard Perspective (Athens, Ohio: Croissant & Company, 1980)

In addition, he wrote:

  • “Thomas Wolfe and the Quest for Language” (Ohio University Press, Vol. 11, 1969)
  • “Thomas Wolfe, England and Look Homeward, Angel” (within Thomas Wolfe: A Harvard Perspective)
  • “Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) in First Printings of American Authors” (editor Matthew Bruccoli, Vol. 1, Detroit, Gale, 1977)

As well as the following book reviews:

  • Library Journal, Review (Thomas Wolfe by Andrew Turnbull) 1968
  • Mississippi Quarterly, “The Re-emergence of Thomas Wolfe” (Review of My Other Loneliness: Letters of Thomas Wolfe and Aline Bernstein) Vol. XXXVII, Spring 1984, No. 2
  • Resources for American Literary Study, Review (Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe by David Herbert Donald) , Vol. 18 #1, 1992
  • Library Journal, Review (Thomas Wolfe by Neil Austin) 1993
  • Library Journal, Review (Thomas Wolfe’s Albatross: Race and Nationality in America by Paschal Reeves) 1994

Duane’s obituary is available at: http://www.jagersfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1888547&fh_id=13446

Share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at:  http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/Batesville/guestbook.aspx?n=duane-schneider&pid=162016285

 

2013 Annual Mtg. Links of Interest

Read the flyer and check out . . .

 

Links of Interest:

The Grove Hotel: http://www.grovehotelboise.com

Leku Una Restaurant: http://www.lekuonaid.com

Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.boise.org

Robert Morgan: http://www.robert-morgan.com

Dr. Tara Penry: http://english.boisestate.edu/contact/faculty/tara-penry

 

For more information, please contact:

George Hovis at george.hovis@oneonta.edu OR

Paula Eckard at pgeckard@uncc.edu

Wolfean Greetings & 2013 Annual Mtg. Notes

3 October 2012

Dear Wolfe Friends,

In honor of Thomas Wolfe’s birthday today, I would like to extend a special autumn greeting to you. I enjoyed seeing you in Asheville in May at the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Conference. The meeting was a great success, featuring excellent presentations on the life and work of Thomas Wolfe. And how special it was to hold the conference in Tom’s hometown! Thank you for participating in the event and for giving our speakers such a warm and enthusiastic reception.

I write also to give you information about the Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Thomas Wolfe Society, which will be held May 24-25, 2013, at the Grove Hotel in beautiful Boise, Idaho.

Hotel reservations must be made before April 24, 2013 in order to get the special room rate of $99 for the block of rooms allocated to the Thomas Wolfe Society for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Rooms two days before and after this period can be reserved at the $99 rate as well, based on availability.

The conference is being held during Memorial Day weekend, so be sure to reserve your room as soon as possible to take advantage of the special conference rate and to be guaranteed a room for the nights you desire. (You can always cancel later if you decide not to attend).

To make your reservations, please call the Grove Hotel at 1-888-961-5000 and let them know you are with the Thomas Wolfe Society.

The theme of the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Conference is “Wolfe and the West.” The Society invites papers that explore Wolfe’s connection to the West, although proposals are welcome on any theme related to Thomas Wolfe and his work. We are especially interested in ecocritical approaches to Wolfe, as well as considerations of his experience of nature tourism, auto tourism, and our national parks (now threatened by moneyed interests). Other topics might include treatments of Wolfe and Western writers or other writers who had ties to the American West, considerations of Wolfe and literary regionalism, and, more generally, how Wolfe’s experience of the West compares with his lives in the South and the Northeast.

In addition to scholarly papers, the conference will feature a public lecture by acclaimed writer Robert Morgan, author of Lions of the West, Boone, Gap Creek, and many other books. Morgan’s talk, co-sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council and the North Carolina Humanities Council, will address the topic of Wolfe and the West in the American imagination. The 2013 Wolfe conference will also feature a dramatization of the correspondence between Thomas Wolfe and Idaho writer Vardis Fisher. The annual banquet will be held at Leku Ona, a fine Basque restaurant in downtown Boise, with the keynote address given by Dr. Tara Penry, Associate Professor of English at Boise State University and Acting Director of the Hemingway Western Studies Center.

You may want to participate in a special excursion being planned for Sunday, May 26. A bus will take us to the Sawtooth Mountain Range, to the birthplace of Ezra Pound and on to Sun Valley and Ketchum, where Ernest Hemingway wrote, partied, and died. The trip will also remind us of Lewis and Clark and the challenge of the Sawtooth Range to the Corps of Discovery. A very special thanks to Joe Flora for scouting out the area in advance of the conference and helping with the planning.

For those of you who teach, I am happy to announce that the Thomas Wolfe Society now offers travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students who are presenting scholarly papers at Wolfe conferences. The Society will award up to three travel grants in the amount of $300 each to help qualified students travel to Wolfe conferences each year.

I would like to thank George Hovis for his leadership, as well members of the Grants and Student Essay Prize Committees and the TWS Board of Directors for their work in making the travel award program a reality.

Please make plans now to help us celebrate Wolfe and the West at the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Conference on May 24-25 in Boise, Idaho.

Best regards,
Paula Eckard, President
Thomas Wolfe Society

Links of Interest:

The Grove Hotel: http://www.grovehotelboise.com

Leku Una Restaurant: http://www.lekuonaid.com

Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.boise.org

Robert Morgan: http://www.robert-morgan.com

Dr. Tara Penry: http://english.boisestate.edu/contact/faculty/tara-penry

 

For more information, please contact:

George Hovis at george.hovis@oneonta.edu OR

Paula Eckard at pgeckard@uncc.edu

 

Wolfe on the West Overhang of the Grand Canyon, Photo Courtesy of Pack Library