Walker Percy

a date with the last gentleman

2015 conference: CALL FOR PAPERS

The third biennial Walker Percy Conference will take place October 16-17, 2015. The conference will focus on Percy's 1966 novel The Last Gentleman, its literary, cultural, and philosophical themes, and its place in Southern and American Literature, but is open to the full spectrum of possible topics as they relate to Percy and his work, including but not limited to psychology, exile, place, travel, philosophy, semiotics, postmodernism, suicide, medicine, and religion. We welcome session proposals and individual paper abstracts addressing any topics relevant to Walker Percy and his work, particularly his novel, The Last Gentleman. The conference will be held in the Monroe Library at Loyola University in New Orleans. Click here to submit abstracts and session proposals. For more information, email wpconf@loyno.edu.

THE 2014 WALKER PERCY PRIZE IN SHORT FICTION

Submissions are now open for the 2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction. Deadline December 31, 2014. Winner recieves $1000 and publication in New Orleans Review. GUIDELINES AND SUBMISSIONS

The Walker Percy Bibliography Project

We have completed the first stage of our ongoing project to compile a comprehensive bibliography of books by, about, and including Walker Percy. Entries are listed alphabetically by author’s or editor’s last name. The list currently lists only English language books.  (Click on "Go" in the top box to the right.) If you see any errors or omissions, please let us know at wpc@loyno.edu.

Patrick Samway, S. J. Papers

The Samway Papers include a wide range of correspondence and other material related to Father Samway's interest in and research on Southern literature, with a focus on his biography of Walker Percy. Father Samway corresponded with a number of writers, scholars, and members of the Percy family. Father Samway has also donated a large collection of books by and about Southern authors that are housed in the Special Collections Room of the Monroe Library on Loyola's campus.

THE 2013 WALKER PERCY PRIZE IN SHORT FICTION

winner: Cassie Condrey, "Because You're Mine"

runners-up: Scott Thomason, "Plywood Jesus"; Sharon Solwitz, "A Small, Bright Room"

finalists: Marilyn Abildskov, "Something Grand"; Joshua Armstrong, "Ligne de Fuite"; Scott Gloden, "Whoroscope"; Chelsea Hogue, "Deeply, There, Thank You, Finally"; Dan Mancilla, "The Last Good Act of Folquet the Man"; Linda McCoullough Moore, "What a Lifetime Is"; Mark Wisniewski, "Pets"

2013 CONFERENCE

Thank you to everyone involved with the STILL LOST IN THE COSMOS: Walker Percy and the 21st Century Conference. The Conference was a huge success and we hope to see you at our next conference in October 2015. See Conference keynote address. Walker Percy Center t-shirts and STILL LOST Conference mugs are available for sale. E-mail wpc@loyno.edu to order.

Photos of Walker Percy courtesy of Rhoda K. Faust

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