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Top Cormac McCarthy Critics Visit Berea on March 25 to Celebrate Latest Issue of Appalachian Heritage Magazine

Three of the nation’s best-known and respected critics of the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Cormac McCarthy, will present a multimedia celebration of his work at Berea on Friday, March 25. The gathering, which spotlights the Winter 2011 issue of Appalachian Heritage, the regional literary quarterly published by Berea College, will begin at 7:30 p.m. for refreshments with the program beginning at 8 p.m. in the Appalachian Center Gallery in the Bruce Building at 205 North Main Street.

Appalachian Heritage Spring 2011

Cormac McCarthy, lived most of his life until he was in his late forties in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area, and he set his first books there. His ten novels include not only “The Road,” which won a Pulitzer Prize, but also “All the Pretty Horses,” which won a National Book Award and “No Country for Old Men,” the film version of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Renowned literary critic, Harold Bloom pronounced McCarthy one of four major contemporary American novelists and called his Blood Meridian, “the greatest single book since William Faulkner’s ‘As I Lay Dying.’”

The three presenters will be Peter Josyph, Rick Wallach and Wes Morgan. Peter Josyph is the author of “Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy” and was the keynote speaker at the opening of the Cormac McCarthy papers at the University of Texas, San Marcos. He co-directed the film, “Acting McCarthy: The Making of Billy Bob Thornton’s All The Pretty Horses,” but is best known for his award-winning documentary, “Liberty Street: Encounters at Ground Zero,” which was also published as a book. He lives on Long Island in New York.

Rick Wallach is the author of four books of McCarthy criticism, including “Myth, Legend, Dust: Critical Responses to Cormac McCarthy.” A founder and officer of the Cormac McCarthy Society, he lives in Miami, Florida.

Wes Morgan has written extensively about McCarthy and developed a map of the route of “The Road,” McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning post-apocalyptic novel as well as an online concordance of all the words used in McCarthy’s works. He maintains the website, Searching for Suttree, which highlights his photographs of scenes that illuminate that McCarthy novel, and lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A special feature of the celebration will be the fourth ever showing of Peter Josyph’s art exhibit, “Cormac McCarthy’s House” in an adjoining room. It has previously been hung in Sweden, England and El Paso. One of Josyph’s previous one-man art shows, held in New York, was highlighted in a “Talk of the Town” column in The New Yorker.

Appalachian Heritage is a literary quarterly devoted to the literature of the Appalachian South that features the work of one particular author in each issue but also includes poetry, stories and essays on a variety of subjects relevant to its region. It was founded in 1973 at Alice Lloyd College and has been published by Berea College since 1985.

For more information contact George Brosi, editor of Appalachian Heritage, at (859) 985-3699 or (859) 985-3559.

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