Nationwide conference to kick off with McMurtry discussion


Larry McMurtry Fellow and sister discuss the late author’s life

The American Studies Association of Texas’s 64th Annual Conference will begin on Thursday, November 11th at 7pm in the Akin Auditorium of Midwestern State University with a discussion of the life and work of Archer City-born Larry McMurtry. The public is very welcome.

Greg Giddings, Associate Professor of English at MSU Texas, will host the “Looking Back at the Life and Work of Larry McMurtry” discussion with Texas State University Professor Emeritus Mark Busby and Archer City McMurtry’s sister Sue Deen.

McMurtry grew up in Archer City and was the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove, as well as other well-known novels such as Horseman, Pass By; The last picture show; and conditions of tenderness. He also won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay of Brokeback Mountain and received a National Humanities Medal presented by President Barack Obama at the White House in 2014.

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McMurtry, who died in Arizona on March 25 of this year, retained a residence in Archer City.

Busby is the author of two novels, Cedar Crossing and Fort Benning Blues, and a poetry collection titled Through Our Times: Occasional Poems 1960-2017. Busby also published McMurtry’s first expanded academic paper, Larry McMurtry and the West: An Ambivalent Relationship (Texas Writers Series). Busby is considered by many to be McMurtry’s leading authority.

Deen was the former manager of the Blue Pig Book Shop in Archer City and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the company. According to Giddings, also from Archer City, Deen embodied the store’s spirit of “indulging customers with local gossip while suggesting a lesser-known book or two”.


This event is co-sponsored by the MSU Texas Speakers and Issues Series. Entry is free, masks and social distancing are encouraged. For more information, please email Greg Giddings, [email protected], or call 940-397-4479.

Via the American Studies Association of Texas

Founded in 1956, the American Studies Association of Texas is the regional subsidiary of the national American Studies Association in Texas. It is dedicated to the study and promotion of all areas of American Studies.

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