WESTERN LIT ASSOCIATION
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Western Literature Association
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to join us for the 43rd annual meeting of the Western Literature Association, which will take place October 1-4 in Boulder, Colorado. This year’s conference theme, “Western Collaborations,” was initially inspired by the WLA’s first-ever election of two co-presidents; it has since prompted a vast and wonderful array of papers and presentations, special discussion panels, a parallel series of public readings by prominent western authors, and even a few online ventures that will be reported on and continued at the meeting.
Registration: To register, please follow the links. Registration discounts apply until 24 August, so please register as early as you can. For those presenters whose proposals indicated an a/v need, please be aware that there is a fee for any a/v use. If you do not pay the a/v fee, we will assume you no longer have an a/v need (new a/v requests cannot be honored).
Program Highlights: The conference will begin on Wednesday evening with a Keynote address presented by Charles F. Wilkinson, author and scholar of Native American legal and cultural issues, who will talk about his debt to western literature. This year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients, William Kittredge and Patricia Limerick, will combine their efforts for a reading and discussion event on Thursday evening.
The annual WLA Awards Banquet will take place at the Millennium Hotel on Friday evening, complete with dancing to an outstanding local band, “The Big Bang.”
The WLA also has organized a Western Literature Week in collaboration with CU-Boulder’s Center of the American West. This series of public readings will feature such notable western authors as Aaron Abeyta, Janet Campbell Hale, Linda Hogan, Teresa Jordan, William Kittredge, Patricia Limerick, Simon Ortiz, Laura Pritchett, Reg Saner, and Annick Smith.
Other conference events will include:
A full draft of the conference program listing the dates and times of these events as well as all conference panels will be available on the conference website by mid-August at the latest. When it is posted, please check it carefully for your entry or entries and communicate to the co-presidents just as soon as you can any revisions, fixes, or emendations.
Tours and Activities: On Saturday afternoon, you will have the opportunity to take in one of two excursions that we are presently putting together. For those with a taste for the big city and the best that human hands can create, we will be offering an afternoon trip to the Denver Art Museum. In addition to a fine permanent collection that includes a significant collection of western American art and one of the best presentations of Native American art and artifacts to be found anywhere, the museum’s recently expanded building, designed by the “starchitect” Daniel Libeskind, is itself a treasure and is within walking distance of the Colorado Historical Society. Also, during the conference the DAM will be hosting several special exhibits, including a fascinating collection of works by and artifacts related to Charles M. Russell (visit www.denverartmuseum.org/home for more information). For those more inclined to seeing the best that the natural world has to offer, our other Saturday excursion will be a guided nature hike in Chautauqua Park, at the foot of Boulder’s magnificent Flatirons rock formations.
Hotel: Our conference hotel is The Millennium Harvest House in central Boulder, located steps from the campus of the University of Colorado and from the justly famous Boulder Creek path and only a short walk (or even shorter shuttle ride) from downtown Boulder and the Pearl Street Mall. We have negotiated a rate of $125 for single and double occupancy, $135 for triple and $145 for quad, plus taxes. To make a reservation, call 800-545-6285, ask for the reservations department, and indicate your participation in the Western Literature Association meeting. You can make your reservation directly at www.millenniumhotels.com/boulder; enter the group code WLA08 where prompted. N.B. the weekend of our conference is also CU-Boulder’s homecoming weekend, with a Saturday evening football game against the University of Texas. Please make your reservations as early as possible, since hotel rooms will be at a premium all over the area that weekend. The deadline for reserving a room at the conference rate is 9 September. Please also recognize that we have contracted to fill a minimum number of rooms at the Millennium, and so we encourage you to stay at this full-service, business-class hotel with gorgeous views of the foothills. Please note that The Millennium Harvest House is sold out on Saturday night, so we have negotiated a conference rate at the Best Western Boulder Inn (www.boulderinn.com), which is approximately one mile from the conference hotel. The rate for Friday and Saturday nights is $144, and reservations can be made by calling 800-233-8469 and referencing code WLA. There are still plenty of rooms at The Millennium Harvest House for all the other nights of the conference.
Transportation:Air: Denver International Airport is served by all major and more than a few regionally specific carriers. We have arranged for a group discount of 10% with Frontier Airlines, which can be booked online, choosing “more search options” and using the meeting ID: 9ZNNF8. The Boulder Super Shuttle makes regular trips between DIA and Boulder; no reservations are needed for the trip from the airport, just check the website for information on how to find the shuttle’s boarding zone. The rate is $25 for one-way ride to a hotel destination in Boulder ($46 round trip). Auto: From DIA, Boulder can be reached most directly by taking the new toll road, the Northwest Parkway ($6.50 one direction).
Owens Award : Click here for information on the Owens Award in support of graduate students’ attendance of the conference.
To come: During the summer, we will post the program, along with updates on tours and activities. Please check the website for matters of general interest, and contact either of us directly with any particular questions at firstname.lastname@example.org (303-492-6042) and email@example.com (269-387-2604).
We look forward to seeing you in Boulder in the fall. Let’s work together to make this a conference to remember!
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