Suttree's Silver

The Cormac McCarthy Society, the robust international organization devoted to celebrating the work of the highly regarded (and Knoxville reared) bestselling author of All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, etc., meets annually, often out west, near the setting of McCarthy's later Texas novels. However, the Society, which has more than 200 dues-paying members, has just announced that in two years they'll converge for the first time on Knoxville, Cormac's hometown. Here they'll mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of Suttree, the darkly comic Knoxville-based novel that some McCarthy fans call his finest work. Several details have yet to be worked out, but the event is planned for late September or early October, 2004, and will likely include prominent guest speakers, a catfish dinner, and a 'Silver Stagger'—a commemorative downtown literary pub crawl inspired by the locally led Suttree Stagger last June. For more info, see their website at

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