Miss Pym and a Friend

Miss Pym and a Friend

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vintage Pym Society News Letters December 010

Greetings! The program for the 2011 North American Conference of the Barbara Pym Society, focused on No Fond Return of Love, has been finalized. The speakers include returning favorites Gloria Nakamura, Sandra Goldstein, and BPS Archivist Yvonne Cocking, as well as newcomers Thad Cockrill, Associate Professor of English at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, and journalist Martha Wilson, who writes a weekly column for Nova Scotia’s main daily newspaper.

We will return to last year's highly suitable venues. On Friday evening March 18 we will meet at the Church of the Advent on Beacon Hill for a buffet Candlelight Super and Hymn Sing, and on Saturday and Sunday March 19-20 we'll be back at Harvard University's Barker Center for the conference. The group dinner on Saturday evening and post-conference lunch on Sunday will be at the Grafton Street Pub, which is less than a block from the Barker Center. We have tried to keep costs as low as possible, and have actually reduced the registration fees by $5 from last year. Also, for the first time we are able to take credit and debit cards for payment; we are using PayPal to process the transactions, but you do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card.

The complete conference schedule, registration forms and details about venues and accommodations are available on the Society web site. The deadline for registration is March 11, but the Barker Center cannot accommodate more than 95 people, so please don't wait until the last minute and risk being turned away.

Other new additions to the web site include Barbara's radio talk Finding a Voice, which is posted with the kind permission of the BBC and Hazel Holt, and the archives of Green Leaves from 1999 through 2008. Volumes 1 through 4 are being scanned and will be added soon, but newer issues will not be posted online for two years after publication. When combined with Hazel Bell's updated Green Leaves index, this provides a wonderful trove of information for Pym scholars and fans alike.

Best regards and Season's Greetings,

Tom Sopko
North American Organizer

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