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American Museum of Fly Fishing to honor THOMAS MCGUANE with 2017 Heritage Award

“Thomas McGuane writes better about fishing than anyone else in the history of mankind.”–Jim Harrison

Manchester, Vermont (February 23, 2017) – The American Museum of Fly Fishing announced today that it will honor influential author Thomas McGuane with its 2017 Heritage Award. The celebration will take place on April 5 at a public reception held at the Racquet & Tennis Club of New York City. Please visit our website or contact Samantha Pitcher as we are able to release additional information about the dinner and award ceremony.

Thomas McGuane has built an impressive literary career, from humble beginnings as the “Humor Editor” at his high school newspaper, The Crane, to becoming one of the most accomplished and diversely talented authors of our generation. He gained acclaim by deftly exploring the depths of human relationships and bringing a decidedly local feel to all of his writing. Whether the context is set in Michigan, the Florida Keys, or the plains of Montana, he deeply understands the environs in which his characters live.

The author of over a dozen novels, screen plays, and short stories, his novel, The Bushwhacked Piano, won the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1971 and his novel, Ninety-Two in the Shade was nominated for a National Book Award in 1974. He is also the recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stegner Award, courtesy of the Center of the American West, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. An avid outdoorsman who has both won Fly Rod & Reel Magazine’s 2010 Angler of the Year and been inducted into the Cutting Horse Hall of Fame (2005), McGuane infuses his works with a rich appreciation of the natural world. His most recent accolade came from the Western Literature Association, who honored him with their Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011.

Karen Kaplan, the President of the Board of Trustees, shared her excitement in the announcement saying “Thomas McGuane elevated the field of writing about fishing to new heights with the publication of The Longest Silence in 1999. We are delighted to recognize not only his immense contributions to literature, but also to recognize him as a world class angler and conservationist.”

About the American Museum of Fly Fishing:

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the steward of the history, traditions, and practices of the sport of fly-fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, studies, and interprets the artifacts, art, and literature of the sport and, through a variety of outreach platforms, uses these resources to engage, educate, and benefit all. The Museum fulfills this mission through our public programs (including exhibitions, gallery programs, lectures, special events, and presentations), our publications, and our quarterly journal, The American Fly Fisher.

For more information about the Museum and the 2017 Heritage Award please visit our website http://www.amff.org or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.

Media Contacts:

Peter Nardini | Communications Coordinator | 802-362-3300 ext. 207 | pnardini@amff.org

Samantha Pitcher | Membership and Events Coordinator | 802-362-3300 ext. 208 | spitcher@amff.org

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University invites applications for its Visiting Scholar Program in Western Studies for 2017-2018.  University faculty of all ranks, independent scholars, freelance authors and other public intellectuals who are working on a significant article- or book-length study regarding the American West are eligible to apply for the position.  The Visiting Scholar may be in residence for 2-4 months.  The Center will provide a stipend of $2,500 per month for 2-4 months, office space, a networked computer, campus library and activity privileges, and limited photocopying and printing.  Upon request, the Center will provide a part-time research assistantApplications for September 2016-April 2017 are due March 15.  

Julianne Newmark of New Mexico Tech described her experiences as a visiting scholar. “During my months as a Redd Center visiting scholar, I had an incredibly productive time, compiling hundreds of pages of manuscript notes drawn from my archival research in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections library and completing two scholarly articles. This archival research material has laid the foundation for my second book manuscript and such productivity would have been impossible without the singular focus on research afforded by a long-term fellowship like the Redd Center’s.  With a beautiful office to use, a helpful group of people at the Redd Center to consult, and the collegiality and intellectual inspiration of the BYU community to inspire me further, I was able grow as a scholar and build my own record of publication.”

John Turner of George Mason University wrote, “The Redd Center’s Visiting Scholar program was essential to the successful completion of my research. It granted me ready access to the extensive archival and library holdings at BYU, as well as enabling visits to other repositories in Utah. The Redd Center also facilitated affordable housing, many conversation partners, and a productive writing environment.”  

                Application packages should contain a formal letter describing the applicant’s background, research interests and desired dates of stay; a CV; a one-page discussion of the applicant’s research project and its significance; and the names and contact information for two references.  Electronic applications are encouraged and should be submitted to amy_carlin@byu.edu  Alternately, applications can be mailed to:

Charles Redd Center
for Western Studies
954 SWKT 
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602,

by the postmark deadline of March 15.   Incomplete applications will not be considered. Announcement of the awards will be made by May 1.  Award recipients will be required to submit a one-page report of work completed for inclusion in the Center’s annual report.  

                Visiting Scholars enjoy the luxury of focusing almost exclusively on their research and writing.  Visiting Scholars fully participate in the intellectual life of the Center and the University.  During their time at BYU they give a public talk on their research and lead a seminar session with interested faculty and students.  They also make themselves available for a small number of guest presentations to BYU classes on their research.  BYU, with a student body of 32,000, is located 50 miles south of Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range and within an hour’s drive of several world-class winter sports resorts.

                Visiting Scholars will enjoy library privileges including access to BYU’s extensive western and Mormon archival collections.  Major western collections at BYU include the papers of Zane Grey, Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala Sa), Elizabeth Custer, William Henry Jackson, Charles R. Savage, Thomas F. O’Dea, Cecil B. DeMille, Arthur Watkins, Reed Smoot, Wallace Bennett, Walter Mason Camp, Earl A. Briningstool, Robert Spurrier Ellison, Finis Ewing and the Utah Parks Company as well as over 50 overland trail journals.  Major Mormon collections include the papers of Newell K. Whitney, Hyrum Smith, Emmeline Wells, Thomas and Elizabeth Kane, John Steele, L. John Nuttall, J. Reuben Clark, Adam S. Bennion, David M. Kennedy, Gustive O. Larson and Ernest L. Wilkinson as well as a rich array of LDS missionary diaries.   



On September 14-16, 2017 the Western Lands & Peoples Initiative at Montana State University in Bozeman, with the College of Letters & Science and the MSU Library, will host a symposium, “Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West” to celebrate the work of Ivan Doig and the acquisition of his papers by the university. See ivandoig.montana.edu/symposium-2017

We invite proposals for papers & presentations that address the literature, history, and geography of Montana and the West that Doig explored so intimately in his memoirs and fiction. Work need not directly address Doig’s writings, but should allow participants to enter into a broad discussion of the connections between landscape and human experience, history and fiction, what close observation and attention to place contributes to the various disciplines that engage us as scholars and as readers.

Please submit a 250-word abstract of your proposed presentation and a 1-page c.v. by January 6, 2017 to westernlandsandpeoples@montana.edu.


Call for Papers

American Literature Association Symposium

September 7-9, 2017

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana

Regionalism and Place in American Literature


American regional writing, as a literary movement, often has a limited association with a few decades during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. At times, many writers have cringed at being described as “regional,” fearing limiting or marginalizing classification. Other writers have embraced the term.  However, more recent research has often argued for a renewed importance in regional scholarship or the scholarship of place and has redefined how we look at canonical definitions of regionalism and place.  This symposium seeks to deepen our understanding of the importance of regionalism and place in past and present American literature by continuing to question spatial boundaries and definitions.  Are regions confined to big patches of landscape or can cities and neighborhoods be regional?  How do we address or define more recent regional concepts like the “Postsouthern” or “Postwestern”?  What does regionalism look like in the 21st century and how does it define (or fail to define) our sense of place?  What is it to publish or write “regionally”?  We welcome paper proposals, panels and roundtable discussions on all aspects of regionalism and place within American literature and particularly encourage interdisciplinary papers and projects.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Steiner, Emeritus Professor of American Studies, California State University, Fullerton

One page proposals or panel suggestions can be sent to program director Dr. Sara Kosiba at skosiba@troy.edu by May 15th, 2017.



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