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2008 Mythopoeic Awards announced
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Congrats to Diana and David - their book The Company They Keep won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies. Here is the complete list of winners this year.

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Press Release: Mythopoeic Awards: 2008 Winners Announced

August 17, 2008

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the winners for the 2008 Mythopoeic Awards. Download the press release in PDF format. For more information about the awards, visit the Awards section of this site.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

* Catherynne M. Valente, The Orphan’s Tales, consisting of In the Night Garden (Spectra) and In the Cities of Coin and Spice (Spectra)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

* J.K. Rowling, The Harry Potter series, consisting of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s [Sorcerer’s] Stone (Bloomsbury); Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Bloomsbury); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Bloomsbury); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Bloomsbury); Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Bloomsbury); Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Bloomsbury); and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

* Diana Pavlac Glyer; appendix by David Bratman, The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community (Kent State University Press, 2007)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

* T.A. Shippey, editor, The Shadow-Walkers: Jacob Grimm’s Mythology of the Monstrous (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005)

Posted on: 2008/8/18 12:55


Re: Cool Tolkien puzzle box (unfortunately not for sale)
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hehe, nice! thx Jeremy

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Cool Tolkien puzzle box (unfortunately not for sale)
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Ran across this video clip that the box designer posted online:

http://www.drewprops.com/?p=302

The secret rune pops open the wooden box, letting the ring be removed. I love puzzle boxes - anyone run across any commercially available?

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Call for papers: Tolkien at Kalamazoo 2009
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Thanks to Anna for this information (http://anna-smol.livejournal.com/2130.html)

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The Call for Papers is out for next year's Tolkien at Kalamazoo sessions, May 7-10. Proposals should be sent to the organizer, Dr. Robin Reid, at the address below.

Robin Anne Reid
Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Dept. of Literature and Languages
Commerce, TX 75429
Phone: 903-886-5268
Fax: 903-886-5980
robin_reid@tamu-commerce.edu


I. PAPER SESSIONS
Tolkien's Poetry and Song: Paper Session: Songs and formal poetry play a vital part in Tolkien's Legendarium, from his creation myth to the use of song as a method of historical transmission. He wrote original poetry written in Old English as well as translating major medieval works. The growing critical movement away from early dismissal of his poetry to considering his work in the context of modern war poetry as well as medieval aesthetics will be the topic of this session.

Tolkien's Revisions and Contradictions: Paper Session: The publication of the twelve-volume History of Middle-earth series as well as other publications edited by Christopher Tolkien offer scholars a unique chance to analyze the process of revisions undergone by Tolkien from his first linguistic creations during World War I to work produced just before his death. Tolkien's revisions and contradictions offer an area for critical scholarship that has just begun to explore the work through archival work as well as drawing on the published manuscripts.

The Children of Húrin: Paper Session: The publication of a novel based on one of the early myths of Tolkien's First Age provides a new text for scholarly work. After this year's roundtable, the need for sustained analytical papers was clear.

II. ROUNDTABLES
Teaching Tolkien: Roundtable: The demand for more classes on Tolkien's work at all levels is growing. With the MLA's approval for a "Teaching Tolkien" volume in their Teaching series, this session will focus on a range of approaches for Teaching Tolkien at the college level.

Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories": Roundtable: The publication of a definitive edition of Tolkien's seminal essay, along with variants and excluded material, edited by Verlyn Flieger and Doug Anderson, provides an opportunity for scholars to examine the implications of Tolkien's ideas on modern literature and fantasy.

III. PERFORMANCE
Tolkien Unbound: Friday evening Performance:
"Songs for Philologists" Douglas Anderson (directing)
"Baldor's Saga" writer/director John Wm. Houghton

More information about the conference is available on the Congress website.

Posted on: 2008/8/17 22:31
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John Howe signing and talk in Edinburgh August 23rd
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John Howe sends this along...

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MEET THE AUTHOR

I'll be giving talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival on Saturday August 23rd, from 8:00 pm to 9: pm

Here's what I've found out about it:

The Art of Illustrating

John Howe's meticulously crafted illustrations capture the essence of some of the most exciting narratives in the English language. On this illuminating voyage of illustration and design, he discusses his book illustration work on Beowulf and his role as lead artist on The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I'm not even quite sure where it is (it's in Edinburgh, I know that much) but I'm sure it's possible (and mandatory) to reserve seats in advance. The festival site is here <http://www.edbookfest.co.uk/> . Apologies for announcing this so late, it totally slipped my mind until today, and as usual, in these events one is in such expert hands that it's easy to forget to actually enquire as to what one is expected to do.

The PowerPoint I sent has arrived and apparently functions, which is always reassuring. If time allows, we'll show a presentation too of the LOTR film sketches, most of which have actually never been shown anywhere, so it should be good fun.

Also, this will be the first time I've set foot in Scotland (land of at least some of my ancestors) so I'm VERY curious to see what chords are struck.

More info here
<http://youngscotwow.org/activity/deta ... 46-4da6-affd-9ad300a4770d>
and here
<http://www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk/v ... ist1-3002&list_index=1795>
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John

Posted on: 2008/8/17 21:37



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