Please join us for the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (near St. Augustine), April 4-7, 2018.
Presentations will include topics related to Woolson’s life and work as well as those of her contemporaries. All sessions will be held in the Woolson House at Rollins College.
Cost of registration is $215 and includes all sessions plus Thursday evening reception, lunch on Friday and Saturday, Friday night keynote dinner, and Saturday night dinner and riverboat cruise.
For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woolson-society-25th-anniversary-conference-making-her-presence-felt-in-the-world-tickets-54218765788
New Directions in Woolson Scholarship
The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society welcomes proposals for a session at the next meeting of the American Literature Association, to be be held May 23-26, 2019, in Boston, MA.
We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Woolson’s work, from “Rodman the Keeper” or “Miss Grief” to lesser-known works, such as Jupiter Lights and “Sister St. Luke.” We particularly welcome work that examines Woolson in new contexts, perhaps in connection with twentieth-century and/or non-American writers or utilizing new theoretical approaches.
Please send a 200-250 word abstract to Anne Boyd Rioux (email@example.com) by January 25.
Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Miss Grief and Other Stories were published Feb. 29, 2016 and featured on the front page of the New York Times Book Review.
The books have been reviewed widely, in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Chicago-Tribune, and more. For more information on both books, visit Anne Boyd Rioux’s website.
Anne Boyd Rioux’s Miss Grief and Other Stories and Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Artist are almost here. Both will be published by W. W. Norton on February 29. You can find more information, as well as links for pre-ordering at http://anneboydrioux.com/. Rioux is offering a free preview of Miss Grief and Other Stories for subscribers to her newsletter at https://tinyletter.com/abrioux.
A new collection of Woolson’s stories, Miss Grief and Other Stories, will be published by W. W. Norton in Feb. 2016. There is a forward by the acclaimed novelist Colm Toibin and an introduction by Anne Boyd Rioux, who has also written a new biography of Woolson, to be published at the same time. More information about both books can be found here.
The eleventh biennial Woolson Society conference was held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 19-21, 2015. It was a resounding success, with 18 stellar papers, a lovely keynote, and a reading from the forthcoming biography of Woolson. Once again, the quality of the papers and the sociability of the “Woolites” was off the charts.
It was particularly exciting to welcome new members to the society and to elect our first Vice President, Karin Hooks, who will serve with the continuing President, Anne Boyd Rioux, and replace her as President in two years. Details about the next conference, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2017, will be announced as they become available. Many thanks to our intrepid conference organizer, Kathleen Diffley, for agreeing to make the on-site arrangements once again.
For more information, you can see the program and read Anne Boyd Rioux’s reflections on the conference.
The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society’s 20th Biennial Conference is coming up next month. You won’t want to miss it! There are 17 wonderful presentations on topics from Murder and Invention in Anne to a comparison of Woolson’s and Henry James’s representations of war. Anne Boyd Rioux will be sharing some exciting news about developments in Woolson’s recovery as well as reading a chapter from her upcoming biography. Our keynote speaker is Alison Booth, who will be delivering a talk at the historic Old Ebbitt Grill with the enticing title “Writers’ Houses and Countries: Some Literary Women Circa 1910.”
If you can make it Washington, D.C., for Feb. 19-21, we’d love to have you. And if you’re interested in chairing a panel, let us know. Just drop Anne Boyd Rioux a note at firstname.lastname@example.org, ands he can give you all the details. (Hotel rooms need to be booked by Jan. 21 for the conference rate at One Washington Circle hotel.)