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Greetings from Montgomery

12th International
F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference

Montgomery, Alabama
Nov 6th - 10th, 2013

Registration Information

The registration fee for the entire four day Fitztravaganza (or Zeldapaloosa if you prefer) is $140 for the full program and $110 for the social program. The fee includes the closing banquet on Saturday night Nov. 9, which is traditionally a separate expense of upwards of $50. The registration form is available HERE.

Please remember that the deadline for conference registration is August 1st, 2013.


A preliminary program of presentations is available HERE. If you have questions about the schedule of events, please email program director Sara A. Kosiba (skosiba@troy.edu)

Special Events

We're delighted to announce several educational special events that will make the conference well worth your registration fee:

1. The Opening Banquet (Wednesday, Nov 6, beginning at 6 p.m.)

Attendees will gather at the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum at 919 Felder Avenue for a welcome and an opportunity to see the house that's the only home in the world that the Fitzgeralds ever lived in that's open to the public. You'll want to stand in the spot on the parquet floor where this famous picture was taken:

You'll also want to hear the story of how the Museum came to be-how, specifically, Julian and Leslie McPhillips saved the house from the clutches of condo builders in 1987 to establish one of the city's top-rated tourist attractions. It'll also be an opportunity to learn about the work of the Southern Literary Trail, a coalition of writer homes/museums in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi that sponsors cultural events and symposia. (The Trail's estimable founder, William Gantt, hails from Demopolis, Alabama, where Lillian Hellman would look to her ancestors for the inspiration for Little Foxes).

But the evening's main event will be a special production of the Alabama Readers Theatre's adaptation of Fitzgerald's 1920 short story "The Ice Palace." You probably know this utterly charming love story about the cultural divide between Northerners and Southerners is partially set in Montgomery, including a famous scene at Oakwood Cemetery, which will be visiting the next day.

What you may not realize is how winsomely Fitzgerald's ear for comedy rings when brought to life through the talents of this all-star troupe of seasoned performers. Led by Fitzgerald scholar and longtime Society member Dr. Don Noble of the University of Alabama, the Alabama Readers' Theatre has made a name for itself throughout the state by adapting the works of everyone from Harper Lee to Rick Bragg. Featuring the talents of poet and essayist Jennifer Horne, and authors William Cobb and Loretta Cobb, "The Ice Palace" was originally presented in 2011 at the Museum to rave reviews. Let's just say that when the Cobbs give voice to Sally Carrol Happer and Clark Darrow, you'll know what an authentic Southern accent sounds like, as opposed to those faked on TV and in the movies.

Dr. Don Noble, affectionately known as the "Edmund Wilson of Alabama" for his prolific book reviews and Alabama Public Television series, Bookmark. The Alabama Readers Theatre cast of "The Ice Palace": Ed Williams, Bill Cobb, Jennifer Horne, Julia Williams, Don Noble, and Loretta Cobb.

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Fitzgerald and Faulkner Societies Collaborated at ALA Convention

The William Faulkner Society and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society worked together to organize a symposium on the two writers at the American Literature Association's 2012 convention which was held in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012. A review will be forthcoming.

Contacts: Maggie Gordon Froehlich, Department of English, Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton (mgf10@psu.edu), and Jay Watson, Department of English, University of Mississippi (jwatson@olemiss.edu)