“The Group” subject of Big City Book Club online discussion Feb. 26th, 6:30-9:30pm

Mary McCarthy’s The Group will be the subject of the Big City Book Club online conversation on Feb. 26 on the City Room blog, 6:30-9:30 pm at nytimes.com/cityroom

Discussion organizer Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times will be joined by the novelist James Collins, whose 2008 best seller Beginner’s Greek also explores “postcollegiate romantic life in Manhattan”

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Mary McCarthy inducted into New York State Writers Hall of Fame

Mary McCarthy was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame on June 5,  2012.  Eve Stwertka, co-trustee of the Mary McCarthy Literary Trust with Margo Viscusi, presented a remembrance to be found at the link below.  The 2012 inductees include E. L. Doctorow, Pete Hamill, Toni Morrison, and Joyce Carol Oates.  Other honorees include John Cheever, Hart Crane, Edna Ferber, Washington Irving, Henry James, Marianne Moore, Barbara W. Tuchman, Kurt Vonnegut, and Richard Wright.


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Call for Papers, American Literature Association

The Mary McCarthy Society will sponsor its first panel at the American Literature Association Annual Convention in Boston, MA, May 23-26, 2013.

Call for Papers: Mary McCarthy Reconsidered: A Centennial Celebration

On this, the centenary of Mary McCarthy’s birth, we call for a reevaluation of McCarthy’s contribution as a fiction writer, critic, and public intellectual.  How has her reputation changed over time, and how do recent developments in gender criticism, ecocriticism, transnationalism, etc. affect our reading of her work? Please send abstracts and one-page CVs to Sabrina.FuchsAbrams@esc.edu by January 8, 2013.

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The American Literature Association’s 24th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 23-26, 2013 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). For further information, please consult the ALA website at http://www.americanliterature.org or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield via email (carr@georgiasouthern.edu) with specific questions.


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The American Library in Paris hosts Mary McCarthy Centennial Celebration

October 16, 2012, The American Library in Paris hosted a Mary McCarthy Centennial Celebration

Speakers included Laura Furman, Diane Johnson, Margo Viscusi, Frances Kiernan, Vincent Giroud, Robert Pounder, and Molly Haskell.

For more information see:http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/use-the-library/events-a-programs/details/47-mary-mccarthy-centennial-celebration.html

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Mary McCarthy’s Style

Oct. 19, 2012, “A Woman of Style and Intellect,” The New York Times

In honor of McCarthy’s centennial and the recent exhibit/celebration at the American Library in Paris, this article explores McCarthy’s influence as a woman of wit and style who was part of the Parisian literary and social scene in the 1960s and 70s.  With the return of 1940s chic with a flair, are we having a “McCarthy moment” in fashion, the article asks?

For more information: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/fashion/remembering-mary-mccarthys-style.html?pagewanted=all

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