MAY 18-19, 2012

Please join us for the 34th Annual Meeting of the Thomas Wolfe Society, to be held May 18-19 at the Asheville Renaissance (31 Woodfin St.), just across from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville, North Carolina.

The theme of the 2012 conference is “Thomas Wolfe and Appalachia.” We have planned a full program of related presentations. In addition to a dozen scholarly papers, we will host fiction readings by two Wolfe Society members, Wiley Cash and Terry Roberts, who have recently published novels set in southern Appalachia.

Our Saturday night banquet speaker will be acclaimed mystery writer Mark De Castrique, whose novel Blackman’s Coffin is set in Asheville and draws on the world of Thomas Wolfe.

The conference will also feature a readers theater production of Wolfe’s complete one-act play The Mountains and a special presentation of Westall-Penland family stories based on more than 100 years of letters, documents, and memories. Saturday’s program will include tours of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and “Wolfe’s Asheville.”

Make your plans now to join us for an exciting conference in Wolfe’s hometown.


Please contact the Asheville Renaissance before April 19, 2012 to reserve your room for the conference.

They have provided us with a block of rooms at a special room rate of $145 per night.

Place your reservations early to make sure you get a room at the discounted rate. Asheville is a popular destination, and hotel rooms fill quickly. The Renaissance provides complimentary parking and internet access.

To reserve your hotel room, call 1-800-266-9432 or go to:

The reservation link is easy to use. Click “attendee” from the drop down menu, select arrival and departure dates then “search.”

Sharon Loftin, our liaison at the Renaissance, can help anyone needing special assistance. She can be reached at (828) 210-3009 Monday-Friday. Her email address is

For conference questions, please contact Dr. George Hovis at

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