Upcoming conference: Western Literature Association, October 9-12, 2013

This week the Western Literature Association holds its annual conference in Berkeley, California.  Among the highlights of the program are readings by Gerald Vizenor and Ishmael Reed, past president Sara Spurgeon’s address “Incidentally Western,” plenary sessions on science fiction with Kim Stanley Robinson and Molly Gloss, on California Okie writers, and on the Free Speech movement (“West Coast / Left Coast: The Legacy of Berkeley”), with a keynote address by Robert Hass.

There are lots of great panels on Western literature, regionalism, visual cultures, “Native Lessons,” the Mexican-American experience, postwestern cultures, and so on. I’ll be presenting on Thursday in session 3A on Mary Austin, Jack London, and the “woman of genius” question in Little Lady of the Big House. 

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