Less than 2 years after the centennial George MacDonald conference in 2005 was held in Waco, Texas (Baylor University) there will be another Texas conference with many George MacDonald scholars on hand. This is not to be missed if you are fortunate enough to get there. Here’s some of the line-up:
Dr. Rolland Hein – Author and editor of many books by and about MacDonald . . . most recently author of a pictorial biography of MacDonald with Dr. Larry Fink – George MacDonald: Images of His World.
Dr. Larry Fink – The local host of the conference and (alluded to above) the photographer for the MacDonald pictorial biography and MacDonald maven in his own right. Maybe he is too busy or too modest to mention this on the conference website. But for those who haven’t seen his MacDonald slide show it would be nice if he offers it sometime during the weekend. Those with questions about the conference may email Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website of Hardin-Simmons University http://hsutx.edu/cslewis/#theconference
Dr. Kerry Dearborn – Prof of theology at Seattle Pacific and author of the new book Baptised Imagination about the theology and imagination of George MacDonald. I’ll be reviewing this book another time. The only disappointment is the price-tag on the book – $95 dollars. Have your university/college library order a copy.
Dr. David Neuhauser – Popular speaker on MacDonald and author of a book of selected quotes of MacDonald. Now retired from Taylor University he has written a variety of essays on MacDonald and is a prime organizer of the amazing Inklings conferences at Taylor University held every other year. If it’s hard for you to get to Texas, consider traveling to Indiana when David puts together a terrific program.
The headline speaker is Dr. Thomas Howard, Inklings scholar – popular speaker and author of over 10 books including a book on Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis and most recently a book on T.S. Elliot’s Four Quartets. I had the privilege of having Dr. Howard as a professor when I attended Gordon College in the 1970s. Since then we have both “swum the Tiber” and are among the many Catholic admirers of C.S. Lewis, MacDonald, Chesterton, etc.
Someone else who will be presenting at the conference but is not on the official website at this time is Miho Yamaguchi of Japan. Miho is a MacDonald scholar who contributed a wonderful article to North Wind a few years ago and who has adapted her doctoral thesis on MacDonald into an affordable book. (Sorry, Kerry, I had to say it). With luck she will have copies available at the conference. If not, I will be posting ordering information as soon as I get it myself.
I should also mention that the conference is sponsored by the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society headquartered in (I think) Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two of their guiding lights and founding members recently contributed articles for CSL: The Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis. One of the articles is viewable by going to the home page of their website http://www.nysclsociety.com/
submitted by Bob Trexler