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12th International
F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference

Montgomery, Alabama
Nov 6th - 10th, 2013

Special Events (continued)

6. Luncheon Keynote: Will Friedwald
     "Tales from the Jazz Age: An F. Scott Fitzgerald Songbook"
     (Saturday, Nov. 9th, 12-1:30 p.m.)

Will Friedwald Wall Street Journal columnist and GRAMMY-nominated jazz critic Will Friedwald, author of A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, Stardust Melodies, and Sinatra! The Song Is You: A Singer's Art, among others, will tell the story behind Tales of the Jazz Age: An F. Scott Fitzgerald Songbook, his co-created musical revue inspired by the music Fitzgerald references throughout his novels and stories. Co-created and directed by Sarna Lapine, with music direction by Jon Weber, this inventive and authentically rendered combination of text and music received its world premiere in June 2013 at the renowned Café Carlyle in New York.

7. Closing Banquet/Costume Party: Belles and Jelly-Beans Ball
    (Saturday, Nov. 9th, 8 p.m.- Midnight)

What better way to wrap up three intense days of conferencing than by paying tribute to the heroes and heroines of Fitzgerald's Tarleton stories with a costume party? We're calling it a Belles and Jelly Beans Ball in tribute to "The Last of the Belles" and "The Jelly Bean." We plan to host this event on the Harriott II, Montgomery's riverboat. We're still lining up our keynote for the night, but it'll be a doozy. The cruise will include a sit-down dinner and a cash bar. Please note: Your registration fee includes this event! At least for this conference, we're able to figure the price into the registration instead of requiring a separate fee.

Phil Greene Sazerac Our keynote for the ball will be Philip Greene, author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, who will teach us about Fitzgerald's connoisseurship and the Lost Generation's cocktail tastes in general. An attorney and freelance author/historian, Philip is a descendant of the Peychaud family of New Orleans. Among his ancestors was the illustrious Antoine Amedee Peychaud, the nineteenth-century New Orleans pharmacist who concocted Peychaud's Bitters and is credited with coining the term "cocktail" and inventing the Sazerac Cocktail-so Phil know what he's talking about!

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Fitzgerald and Faulkner Societies Collaborated at ALA Convention

The William Faulkner Society and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society worked together to organize a symposium on the two writers at the American Literature Association's 2012 convention which was held in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012. A review will be forthcoming.

Contacts: Maggie Gordon Froehlich, Department of English, Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton (mgf10@psu.edu), and Jay Watson, Department of English, University of Mississippi (jwatson@olemiss.edu)